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.