Eight States Have Banned Tylenol In Anti-Marijuana Hysteria

It’s called the Law Of Unintended Consequences, also known as “what happens when a bunch of ignorant legislators try to interfere with people’s lives without having a clue.”

According to a press release apparently from the Retail Compliance Association (a trade association for sellers of “synthetic marijuana”, a.k.a. “spice”), eight states, including Texas, Wisconsin, and Florida, have effectively banned Tylenol in their ban-braining zeal:

“What we are finding is amazing, everything from artificial chocolate flavor, to synthetic motor oil contains analogues to the synthetic cannabinoids that have been banned, it’s brand new science, these receptors are responsible for so many bodily functions that it seems impossible that the new laws did not go way overboard in their extremely vague descriptions of potentially banned compounds,” said Daniel Francis, Executive Director of the RCA.

The specific language in Texas SB 331 says “any quantity of a synthetic chemical compound that is a cannabinoid receptor agonist and mimics the pharmacological effect of naturally occurring cannabinoids…”

As regular readers may remember, I found out back in February that one of the ways Tylenol works is by activating the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the body. This was all written up in an article that I just realized was also the precursor to my FDA Profiles series on The 420 Times.

I’ve looked up the Texas statute, and indeed it was passed, signed by the Governor of Texas, and will go into effect September 1. So, I guess we can expect to see SWAT raids on every pharmacy, supermarket, and Costco warehouse in Texas by Labor Day.

The legislators involved won’t have a bit of shame, or see their own hypocrisy, but we can just add this to the pile of evidence already showing that marijuana prohibition is a farce at best and a deliberate ongoing conspiracy to control citizens for power and money at worst. The chemistry part is just more proof that cannabis and the human body (and mind) are inextricably linked, and the sooner legislators understand that it’s natural (and, dare I say, NORML to ingest marijuana), the better it will be for all humankind.


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  1. bob said:

    You’re 100% right again Mr. Old Hippie, sir. :)
    Many scientists now believe that Cannabis is probably the most powerful NSAID on the planet, by the way.

  2. Monterey Bud said:

    “The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
    – Carl Sagan quote on Marijuana

    Find a MMJ Dr. in all 15 states

  3. Robin said:

    Now I know why Tylenol doesn’t work for me… I tried pot years ago, and got sore throats rather than high. I must be lacking in the proper receptors .

    • OldHippie said:

      You must have had pretty bad weed! Only time I ever had throat problems was from hash that was very harsh.

  4. Jeremiah said:

    Hey OldHippie

    Great story! I hope you don’t mind that I posted it on Cannabis Culture. I clipped the entire article (which is traditionally how we do it to make a long-term record) and put a link back to the site – but if you would prefer we just quote the piece instead, please let me know. Keep up the great work!

    If you are interested, we should talk about having you write future stories for CC.

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  7. Mike R said:

    There were several people who escaped MDMA, GHB and even Psilocybin charges because laws originally drafted contained issues such as these. With GHB, the legislation was too broad as well, eliminating several industrial products. With MDMA, doctors fought a overly broad law and one, only to have it come back revised. With Psilocybin, in several states, the original scheduling of psilocin and the arguement over analog status saw several people walk free – of course only to have a revised law drafted.

    A few might slip through the cracks on the technicality, but they’ll only fix it for good if people don’t start challenging the constitutionality of these sweeping legislations.

  8. reid said:

    Everytime someone gets caught with MJ the only way to avoid outrageous legal sanction is to go to rehab. I was The director of Nurses in a drug / alcohol tx unit for 3 years . And everyone that came through the Door that had been caught with pot was deemed MJ dependent as long as there was money to pay the cost of the 28 day stay. A person could have walked in the door not ever having used a drug in their life but you could bet that if they say they were using MJ and had good insurance they’d get the diagnosis of MJ dependency. It’s a racket like aluminum siding sales