The Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott have decided that in order to deal with new synthetic drugs on the market that adding 5-Hydroxy-alpha-methyltryptamine; and 5-Methoxy-N,N-Diisopropyltryptamine to the list of illegal drugs is necessary. Actually, the new law which makes K2 (also called “spice”) illegal contains dozens of new substances with arcane and unpronounceable chemical names. The new law is testament to the folly involved with trying to make drugs illegal. It is the actual illegality of these drugs that makes it impossible to enforce the law.
In the good old days, police officers had a, “field test” kit to test for marijuana (the type that grows in nature and not manufactured in a lab). The officer would take a bit of the substance, put in into a tube with some liquids and if the liquid turned a certain color it was marijuana. Fast forward through over 30 years and billions and billions of dollars of the drug war and we get 2C-E (4-Ethyl-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine). The K2 chemists have absolutely destroyed the idea of the, “field test” and are so far ahead of the law that enforcement of the law is impossible and grossly expensive to the taxpayer.
There is no field test kit for 2C-E (4-Ethyl-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine). So here is the way enforcement of the law will take place: 1) A police officer will drive in a tax payer paid car using tax payer paid gas and go into a suspect store; 2) the law enforcement officer will use taxpayer money to purchase some K2; 3) the officer will then take the K2 and place it in taxpayer envelopes and evidence tape to protect the chain of custody; 4) the officer will then take the K2 back to the taxpayer paid building to process it; 5) the envelope will then be shipped, at taxpayer expense, to a lab with a taxpayer paid chemist to analyze the substance on taxpayer paid lab equipment; 6) If the substance is not on the list then the taxpayers don’t waste any more money on that sample, if, however, the chemist determines that the substance is banned then; 7) the chemist will make a report on taxpayer paid computers and send it back to the cops; 8) The cops will then use taxpayer cars, gas and tasers to go arrest the $7.50/hr store clerk who sold them the K2 and who had no idea of what the substance was, never used it, never smoked it, never ordered it from the supplier, never had anything to do with the substance except taking the undercover cops money. The clerk, who is now arrested for a felony, may have never even touched the item in the transaction. The clerk is then prosecuted (again at taxpayer expense throughout the entire criminal prosecution) for selling something that he never knew was illegal.
The most troubling part about this entire fiasco is that the K2 makers are able to modify the chemical composition very slightly such that it is not illegal under the statute. So a 4-Ethyl-blah-blah-blah is modified in the lab to become a 5-Ethyl-blah-blah-blah and it’s no longer illegal. Change a hydrogen here, a carbon there, and viola! your K2 is no longer banned but is still an effective drug. The chemists can release 5 new variations a year and once those are outlawed, release 5 more, and so on, and so on. The law will spend a hundred years trying to outlaw each variation, and the K2 chemists will simply change an oxygen atom on the 5th benzene ring and make the substance, “legal” until the legislature outlaws that. It’s a never ending cycle. The costs of testing will skyrocket as the testing will need to include more and more substances. All this to arrest a $7.50/hr clerk who sells a substance he may never have touched.
The efficiency at which the K2 chemists operate is a direct result of the illegality of marijuana. Rather than working on making natural marijuana a better product, they have concentrated on making “fake” marijuana a better, and virtually endless, product. By doing so, they have made it impossible to enforce the law. The war on drugs has resulted in a rebellion that is impossible to police. Congratulations to the legislature and to Governor Rick Scott on their new K2 bill. And pity to the sheriff’s and police who have to enforce the new law. But, the greatest sympathies go to the taxpayer and the store clerk who will be the most punished victims of this new battlefront of the drug war. 5-Hydroxy-alpha-methyltryptamine IS DEAD, LONG LIVE 4-Hydroxy-alpha-methyltryptamine!