San Diegan peddles synthetic cannabinoids

Jonathan Riendeau charged in New York

San Diegan Jonathan Riendeau and Floridian Jade Plante were arrested June 27 for selling synthetic cannabinoids over the internet, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where the case is being handled.

The Herb Riendeau Store with Jonathan Riendeau as principal operates at 4311 Ocean Boulevard. It is not clear, however, that synthetic cannabinoids have been sold at this location. He and Plante are charged with operating websites that sold more than $1 million of synthetic cannabinoids, sometimes called K2 or “Spice,” over the internet. Riendeau and Plante used colorful brand names such as “Dead Man Walking,” “Brainfreeze,” “Klimax,” “Delirium,” “Purple Haze,” and “F*cking Crazy,” according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, synthetic cannabinoids are "human-made, mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked, or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes or other devices.” They are marketed as safe alternatives to marijuana. “In fact, they are not safe and may affect the brain much more powerfully than marijuana; their actual effects can be unpredictable and, in some cases, more dangerous or even life-threatening."

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"In fact, they are not safe"

Interesting. The government has been telling this since around 1930 about every substance that people enjoy. Much of the time it has been an outright lie, not supported by any evidence. What is the evidence for this synthetic cannabinoid?

I'm not interested in smoking any substance, but I wonder if a tiny dose of refined THC (the active ingredient in pot) in food or drink or a pill might be pleasurable. THC has been thoroughly tested and found far safer than alcohol.

swell: No doubt caution pays; the government doesn't want to be blamed if it gives the go-ahead on some substance that proves to be a problem. But every source I went to warned of synthetic cannabinoid. Best, Don Bauder

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