A Drug Enforcement Administration official in St. Louis warned against synthetic marijuana after a local couple who had consumed it fainted in their hot car earlier this week.
The official, Scott Collier, noted that people have little access to information on what chemicals were used to produce the synthetic drug. He added that the majority of the chemicals have been lab tested on mice and other animals not on humans. So, they were not intended to be used on people.
“The ultimate effect of these, won’t be known for a generation,”
He also advises parents to warn teenagers that synthetic weed is far from being safe even thought it is sold in specialized stores. This kind of drug has other types of effects on the human body and psyche than natural marijuana.
Collier also said that the drug could result in increased heart rate, cognitive function delay, and uncontrolled psychotic episodes.
DEA is rumored to reschedule cannabis to a Schedule II drug which doesn’t need to be prescribed by doctors on August 1. But that information comes from a self-proclaimed DEA lawyer who declined to identify himself.
If that happens, medical pot will be legal with no strings attached in 50 states under the federal law. But according to Associated Press guidelines, a piece of information is not reliable if it comes from a single source unless that source is an authoritative figure which is able to provide enough accurate details to make the info reliable.
For instance, the statement should have been from either a DEA press release or a DEA spokesperson to be real.
Nevertheless, AP thinks that anonymous sources are trustworthy if at least three conditions are met: 1. the source is reliable and familiar with the matter; 2. the information is not speculation or opinion; 3. the info cannot be published unless the source remains anonymous.
Even though the said report on marijuana legalization hasn’t met all the conditions, marijuana advocates fell for it. Plus, the news was not confirmed by the DEA, DOJ, and major news outlets such as the AP and Reuters.
But the marijuana community already quotes the info in the suspicious journalistic piece as a fact and expects marijuana to become legal by fall.
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