As official Washington was about to close down for the Thanksgiving vacation, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it would exercise its emergency powers to ban the herbal product known as "K2". Sold as incense, the herbal mixture is sprayed with chemicals that supposedly mimic the effects of marijuana when K2 is smoked. The ban will be in effect for one year during which time the agency will supposedly study whether to recommend that Congress should make the ban permanent.
In the view of Grant Smith, "Choosing to add K2 to the growing list of banned substances is a disappointing indication that the Obama administration is willing to rely on the same failed approach to psychoactive drugs that has fueled the destructive war on drugs. Rather than take control of K2 production, marketing and sales, the Obama administration is ceding control of the K2 market to the illicit market. Letting criminals decide what goes into K2 isn't exactly a winning public health strategy."