Profit from Fake Marijuana? A Dangerous Endeavor

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With the shake-up in the legality of marijuana as well as the burgeoning dispensaries across the nation, it’s hard to imagine why people would still opt for “fake marijuana.” Technically, marijuana is not entirely legal. Without a doctor’s prescription for medicinal purposes, those who are simply looking for a high would turn to synthetics.

This is a major problem in drug abuse. Synthetics use harmful chemicals from plants and fabricated chemicals that can cause health problems and immediate trauma and has led to poison and death. Yet people continue to use them, because they are legal and do not show up in drug tests.

With all the marvelous gains in health medicine, controlled substances are still an expensive route that may not be an option for young people. Some of them need to simply calm down from there manic lives and may wish to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety.

What alternatives do these young people have, when they may not be a part of a constructive community or are not aware of the dangers of legal synthetic pot?

Unfortunately, there is no answer, because “drugs” are not the answer, at all.

For those seeking a thrill or a high, synthetics have become the route that is not only more expensive then marijuana, but is also more dangerous. That’s why those people selling legal marijuana do so at the moral hazard of the people they are supplying. It’s irresponsible and should soon be illegal to dispense poisonous “fake marijuana” that has led to a skyrocketing of poison cases.

Yet dealers are making a ton of cash: $40 for a 3 gram bag. This is not only a moral issue, but it is also an economic question. Should these substitutes be recognized as a black market substance? Evidently, the answer has been “no,” because it’s not illegal for some strange reason. Yet with the legality of marijuana already in between certain gray lines, “fake marijuana” is not going to be making any contribution to society, that’s for certain.

From an economic standpoint, the substance acts as an “inferior good” and may not be a substitute to marijuana. An inferior good is one in which revenues don’t go up as people’s incomes rise. If these teenagers who use the substance land a good-paying job, they most probably would resort to a different drug; hopefully, a controlled substance administered by a psychiatrist or prescribed by a doctor.

With that said, there may not be a threat to the marijuana business, or else there would have been a clear ruling of illegality for its distribution. Unfortunately, the amount of poison cases have mushroomed because of certain chemicals found in these substances, and these are happening at an alarming rate with no response from regulators.

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