DEA Approves Synthetic Marijuana That Turns People Into Zombies

DEA approves dangerous synthetic marijuana for public consumption amid plans to keep organic marijuana illegal

The DEA has approved a dangerous type of synthetic marijuana produced by Big Pharma to sell to members of the public. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration gave the new fake marijuana drug ‘Syndros’ a schedule II classification, meaning that pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics can begin selling the drug to the public, despite the fact that studies have shown that real marijuana is safer and more effective at treating various illnesses.

According to reports last year, synthetic marijuana became a huge problem in New York City, after users reported going into a zombie-like state after consuming it.

Rt.com reports:

“Insys is looking forward to bringing this new drug product to chemotherapy patients to help alleviate their nausea and vomiting and AIDS patients with anorexia associated weight loss, respectively,” Dr. Santosh Vetticaden, interim CEO, said in the announcement.

“We look forward to interacting with the FDA to finalize the labeling and subsequent launch of Syndros in the second half of 2017,” Vetticaden said.

Syndros is a synthetic version of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component in the plant. In July 206, the company announced the FDA approved their liquid form of synthetic THC to treat anorexia associated AIDS patients, and nausea and vomiting induced by cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

The DEA approval placed Syndros and its generic formulations in schedule II of the CSA, which is reserved for drugs that have “a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence.”

While some Schedule II drugs can be used for medical purposes, like Vicodin, oxycodone, Adderall, and many prescription painkillers, Schedule I drugs are all federally illegal. Non-synthetic marijuana is a Schedule I drug, which is reserved for drugs that have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

In 2011, Insys wrote a letter to the DEA, urging them to maintain the Schedule I status for non-synthetic marijuana, citing “a longstanding policy of the United States to disfavor domestic cultivation of narcotic raw materials because of concerns about the abuse potential from farming of this material.”

Insys also opposed legalization in Arizona, donating $500,000 to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, a group opposing Proposition 205, an initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol in Arizona.

In a statement, Insys said it opposed Prop 205, “because it fails to protect the safety of Arizona’s citizens, and particularly its children,” according to the Arizona Republic.

The proposition was narrowly defeated in the state, meaning users in Arizona could face felony charges for possessing even small amounts of the plant.

JP Holyoak, chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona, says Insys funded the opposition “to kill a non-pharmaceutical market for marijuana in order to line their own pockets,” according to the Washington Post.

In 2007, Insys filed a disclosure statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, directly stating that marijuana legalization would threaten their products.

“If marijuana or non-synthetic cannabinoids were legalized in the United States, the market for dronabinol product sales would likely be significantly reduced and our ability to generate revenue and our business prospects would be materially adversely affected,” the company said.

The company is currently under investigation for illegally marketing Fentanyl, an opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin, which has been linked to the death of Prince last year.

In December, several executives at the company were arrested and the CEO was forced to step down after they were charged with using speakers fees to entice doctors to prescribe Subsys, a medication for cancer patients that contains Fentanyl.

“You have a company using profits from the sale of what has been called ‘the most potent and dangerous opioid on the market’ to prevent adults from using a far less harmful substance,” Holyoak said according to the Arizona Republic.

  • Jimmy

    Sad. Now people can say ” told you so, weed is bad for you, look at yourself your a zombie!”
    When the truth is weed that is GROW, NOT man made, is actually good for you!

  • dickheadswilldoiteverytime

    All dope that is not grown in the ground with manures is Synthetic and turns people into zombies…. has been for 2 decades.. anybody that smokes ANY dope that is grown under lights is a DICKHEAD..

  • Paul Dye

    If this is really true, which I believe it is, than might I suggest emailing, calling , and fb’ing your local legislators informing them of the outrageously wrongness of this. I’m a daily thorn in my legislators sides.

    • Randy Robinson

      It’s not true. YourNewsWire is a fake news site.

  • Sharon Parks

    WHAT!!!!! WAIT WHAT AGAIN????I can’t believe Big Pharma was responsible for that nasty spice that got so many people deathly ill in my city. Big Pharma wants control and profits and doesn’t care what it has to do to aquire a license to sell product. .Which they always get ,because of the stock-holders interestsBig Pharma is experimenting on the children. it was mostly the kids that bought it…

  • Randy Robinson

    lol Syndros is not like Spice or K2, dude. You’re lumping all synthetic cannabinoids together when the only thing they share in common is a label. Syndros is just synthetic THC, the same stuff Marinol is made out of. Please consult a biochemist next time, rather than just aggregating quotes that other writers worked to procure.

  • Randy Robinson

    There isn’t a single original quote in this entire article. The author didn’t reach out to ONE expert concerning this drug.

  • Cl

    I dont buy this as being true. “Fake weed” has been doing nothing but sending people to the hospital.

  • test test

    You’re an idiot for posting this article. The synthetic manufacturing of thc is chemically the same as the drug naturally found in marijuana. This is the same thing as marinol, only it most likely has been produced a different way to obtain the legal copywrite. The “synthetic” marijuana was actually a completely different chemical compound. You are the problem with society and their negative outlook on marijuana and you should be ashamed of yourself for providing un-researched and uneducated information…..

    • Momm B.

      U don’t know what U R talking about! I have been taking Marinol, which has no THC, but it is nothing like real Marijuana. The reactions R completely different, and the new product can have unexpected reactions! Please do Not tell others when U have Bad information! Do your homework! Do Not take the word of Big Pharma! They do not care about anything but profits!!!

  • Andrew Grey

    You can tell how idiotic the page is just by the sheer number of bs articles spyware and othe crap crammed on the page. I dont even click on these articles anymore.

  • Ellen Gendron

    Anyone who trusts the Pharmaceutical companies or the government is bat-shit crazy. Government rubber stamps anything they want to experiment on us with and after taking something for 4-5 years you find out that it is not helping but killing you. Then you have to keep taking it because without it you are tied in knots with pain and the doctors say you must continue. They give Monsanto the go ahead to poison all of our food, the chemtrails, poison our water etc. so who in their right mind would take a synthetic when the real thing is available and legal in many states? And they say it is better…………….only an idiot would believe that.

    • Craig Carney

      Well said!!!
      Never to be trusted again!!!

  • Bobby Traina

    This is criminal! Decriminalize Cannabis, the most powerful medicine on the planet! Stop the lies!