False Weed Is Back and Legal -- for Now

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Synthetic marijuana, spice, fake weed -- whatever you want to call it. It's back.

The feds but the kibosh on the nonweed a few months ago, banning the five chemicals that were producing THC-like effects.

Now, manufacturers have developed a new strain for their "incense," which includes a recipe the Drug Enforcement Agency doesn't yet disallow.

Meet Barely Legal Incense -- marketed as being legal and ten times stronger than the original false weed formula.

At the end of this week, having more than three grams of the real fake weed -- not this new product -- becomes a felony in Florida under a new law. Possessing under three grams becomes a misdemeanor.

Luckily for Floridians -- if you're into the false weed thing -- the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has effectively proven that the "Barely Legal Incense" is legal.

According to Secaucus New Jersey News, PBSO investigators intercepted 800 deliveries of the new stuff in the mail.

After they tested the substance, they found it didn't have any of the banned chemicals, and the packages were returned to their rightful owners.

The primary chemical that was used in synthetic cannabis, JWH-018, was banned in the United States along with a few other compounds. Luckily for those hip to chemistry, there are more than a few similar chemicals that are still legal.

Florida Poison Information Center employees told the Sun-Sentinel that there has been a recent increase in calls related to ingestion of fake weed -- 197 statewide since January.

It's not the real thing, but if synthetic weed is what piques your interest -- your loophole has opened.

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