It has been outlawed. It has been removed from all of the smoke shop shelves. Both state and federal governments are cracking down on the designer drug, Spice.
Once legally sold as “incense,” with a notice stating, “Not for human consumption,” Spice was a hot item amongst teenagers and former drug users. The teenagers liked it for the ready availability, the legality, and the price, about $13 to $26 per gram.
Former drug users, in drug treatment programs and court-ordered monitoring, favored the drug because it does not show up on drug tests. This is because drug tests made to detect THC do not identify the synthetic cannabinoids, or synthetic THC.
The branches of the military were the first to tackle that problem, with the air force beating the other branches, to become the first to make a urine analysis that detects synthetic cannabinoids. The military, in fact, banned the drug before the federal government rallied into action. They outlawed spice for military personnel, because the drug was causing serious side effects in its users, which can definitely affect a pilot’s performance, among other things.
As local government agencies began working to eliminate the drug from legal sale, in various areas of Utah, the Federal government swooped in, announcing a nation-wide emergency ban on several of the synthetic cannabinoids found in spice and another designer drug, ivory wave.
Spice has been effectively illegalized, but that does not mean it has disappeared altogether. The fact that the drug can produce stronger effects than natural marijuana, keeps people wanting this now illegal drug. It is also still highly sought-after because of its ability to fool drug tests. Companies are working to catch up with the military, in order to test for the presence of synthetic cannabinoids and end the reign of the test-proof drug.