The sale of herbal incense or herbal potpourri has been halted in many states. Maryland, Indiana, and Alabama are the most recent states to outlaw the sale of these products. Many herbal incense users are wondering why certain states have placed bans or restrictions on the sale of potpourri blends and other states continue allow these products. Many states will charge those caught with herbal incense a whopping five hundred dollar fine. Six months imprisonment to felony charges are just two of the possible consequences of being in possession of herbal potpourri.
When herbal incense products first hit the market there were only laws banning the misuse of the products. Now, jail time is a possible consequence for these products. The wide spread misuse of herbal products caused a crackdown on synthetic drug laws. Many of the major brands of herbal products contain synthetic cannabinoids that have been known to cause euphoric effects when inhaled. There have been reports of deaths from the misuse of herbal products across the country and across the world. Recent studies have reported that there may be a link between the misuse of herbal incense and certain types of cancer. More research needs to be conducted to confirm these theories.
Most legal herb products contain natural herbs that are sprayed with chemicals. These chemicals can cause hallucinations, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, and also cause shortness of breath. There have been studies conducted that have made a connection between the legal herb and the triggering of mental issues. These products began showing up in stores around 2000. There was not a ban placed on these products until 2012. A one year ban on the sale of legal herb began in March of 2012. Before the year was up, President Barrack Obama signed the Federal Synthetic Drug Act, which led to Operation Log Jam.
Operation Log Jam and the Synthetic Drug Act put damper on the sale of legal herb. Many major vendors were shut down and forced to change the ingredients in their products. Legal herb is still for sale in many states. It can also be found easily online. Users have to ask themselves whether or not herbal potpourri is worth the possible consequences they could face. The Synthetic Drug Act classifies herbal incense products as a Schedule One substance, which leads to felony charges in most states.
Legal herb will not be detected as cannabis during a drug test, but it is possible to find metabolites with a drug test. Many countries in Europe have also banned the sale and use of herbal incense products. Finland, France, and Latvia are just a few of the European countries where it is illegal to possess herbal products. Should there be more laws concerning legal herb or should more responsibility be placed on the users to practice common sense? There are many brands of legal herb available to choose from. Users should make sure that they are well aware of the laws in their state before making any herbal potpourri purchases.