Operation Logjam commenced last week on Wednesday, a coordinated effort to seriously cripple the herbal incense industry. The DEA, Homeland Security, the Postal Inspection Service, and other federal and state agencies worked together nationwide to curtail sales and purchase of herbal incense and bath salts in communities they felt were most impacted by the explosion of interest in these products.
Although we weren’t raided, thank God, we were confused by the raids. We’re familiar with some of the businesses that were raided, and as far as we knew, these businesses ran a clean operation, making sure they complied with the new Federal law. We definitely wouldn’t do business with them otherwise. Operation Logjam likely resulted in the confiscation of products that are currently legal under the new Federal Ban.
Federal Herbal Incense Ban Not Effective Till October 1?
We doubt it. We have seen stories stating that the new Federal Ban won’t go into effect until October 1. Although that is possible, our information says that the October 1 date is not factual, and we definitely will choose to err on the side of caution every time.
Emergency Scheduling Powers Being Used?
The Federal Ban granted new emergency scheduling powers to the DEA. Now we are hearing rumors that the DEA is using these new powers to schedule more compounds. We understand that information will come out on Monday as to the truth of that rumor. We will be sure to stay on top of this and make sure our product line is fully compliant.
If this rumor turns out to be true, then the DEA will not need to return the products that were currently legal even under the new Federal ban. That will not be a change from the standard anyway. Those next-generation products would then become illegal. Herbalaxation will make sure we are compliant with any revised schedule, immediately, by removing mention of any non-compliant products from our site and then destroying any non-compliant products before any such scheduling becomes effective.
Were Some Logjam Targets Selling Non-Compliant Products?
We have also heard that some businesses raided as part of Operation Logjam were selling old products that, under the new Federal ban, contain schedule I controlled substances. We suspect that Operation Logjam may have primarily targeted bath salts and manufacturers of bath salts, which of course we do not carry. If a business was continuing to sell products it knew was illegal, clearly, they put themselves at risk.
The DEA’s stated purpose in conducting Operation Logjam, though, was to seriously cripple the industry. We must say that they may have succeeded in doing so, by taking down several large manufacturers that were viewed as making quality products that sellers could be confident were also legal. It is now unclear what direction the herbal incense industry will go next.
We learned today that the DEA will prosecute some Logjam targets through the Federal Analog Law, which makes illegal any substances either chemically or pharmacologically similar to a schedule I controlled substance. Herbalaxation believes that our products are not covered under the Analog law. We do not believe our products contain any substances chemically or pharmacologically similar to any schedule I controlled substance, or we would not be selling it.
Herbalaxation will continue to keep our customers informed of any new developments we become aware of. We are careful to avoid selling anything we believe may be illegal and we will continue to do so. We believe it’s important to run our business using best practices utilized for any business, and we’ll keep doing that, providing legal products to our customers with good customer service and honest business transactions.