House Passes Bill to Ban Fake Marijuana, Cocaine

Apparently the latest “drug” going around in the US & Canada is a legal replacement for Marijuana referred to as “K2” or “Spice” (or “Scary Spice” by some Anti-Drug groups).

Essentially what K2 is (as per Wikipedia – Spice Drug), is:

Spice is a drug invented by Christopher Burmeister and has been sold in smartshops in Europe, Canada and other parts of the world since around 2002, purportedly as an incense, as well as over the Internet as an “herbal smoking blend”. Even though the manufacturer officially warns against human ingestion of Spice, it is usually smoked for its cannabis-like effects which are believed to be caused by a mixture of synthetic cannabinoid drugs.

Spice was claimed by the manufacturers to contain a mixture of traditionally used medicinal herbs, each of which supposedly produces mild effects with the overall blend resulting in the cannabis-like intoxication produced by the product.

Tennessee has now ruled the ‘synthetic marijuana’ illegal, according to wdef.com:

The House has approved a bill to make it illegal to produce or distribute in Tennessee any substance that mimics the effects of marijuana or cocaine.

The proposal sponsored by Democratic Rep. Ulysses Jones of Memphis passed on a 96-0 vote on Thursday. The Senate, which voted for its version on a 32-0 vote last month, would have to agree to minor changes made in the House before the bill could head for the governor’s signature.

A product known as K2 that is commonly sold as incense is a synthetic compound chemically similar to the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Users roll it up in joints or inhale it from pipes.

Though banned in most of Europe, K2’s key ingredients are not regulated on the federal level in the United States.

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