The White House

Office of the National Drug Control Policy

Statement From Director Kerlikowske Regarding DEA Emergency Scheduling Authority on "Synthetic Marijuana" (Spice)

“At a time when youth drug use in America is on the rise, it is critical that parents act today to talk to young people about the harms of drug use, including synthetic marijuana products like Spice and K2 that are marketed as “incense.” I commend the DEA for using their emergency scheduling authority to protect public health by keeping these substances away from young people. Until the risks associated with ingesting these products and chemicals can be studied and understood, there is no place for them on the shelves of any legitimate business.”