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  Synthetic Marihuana Issue Comes to the Forefront

Aug 22, 2013 14:59 ET

The DRP Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) would like to make citizens aware of a synthetic marihuana product called Izms, which have been on the drug scene since the 1990s, but recently made headlines when a Toronto man was arrested by Hamilton police for distributing it.

Izms are an herbal product, mixed with the chemical JWH-018, and can be purchased online and in convenience stores. The packaging is bright and colourful and can easily be mistaken for candy. According to Health Canada, Izms are subject to Schedule II of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as synthetic cannabinoids, its main ingredient, and are similar synthetic preparations of cannabis, therefore making it illegal.

In 2012, the US passed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act and listed JWH-018 and making any cannabimimetic agents illegal.

To date, there havent been any reports of Izms in Durham Region; however, we would like to promote awareness in our community to ensure the safety of our citizens. The product has been located in various shops in Toronto.
For more information, please contact Detective Sergeant Gerry Moote at

Below are attached files.
izms thumb (JPG file, 48.3K bytes)
Example of Izms package (JPG file, 515.4K bytes)