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Is Chuck Schumer going to blunt US cannabinoid research?

The press conference last Friday held by two New York state assemblymen was no doubt timed to coincide with observance of the 4/20 celebratory day in cannabis counterculture: On 20 April the duo announced a bill that would make New York the 41st state to deem possession or sale of the active ingredients in so-called ‘synthetic marijuana’ drugs a crime punishable by jail time. The drugs in question—known to the mostly teenagers who like to smoke them as K2, Spice, Killer Buzzz, Blaze and Mr. Nice Guy— are mixtures of herbs such as oregano laced with laboratory-produced cannabinoids, a class of chemicals that also includes marijuana’s psychoactive component, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 


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