March 19, 2012

D.C. may join slew of states on synthetic pot ban

It’s called many different names — K2, Spice, potpourri, Blaze, Red X Dawn — and 39 states have already banned many different versions of it. It’s synthetic marijuana. And The Washington Examiner reported this week that the District of Columbia may be joining suit.

A Washington D.C. Council committee will decide on a proposal March 23 to outlaw synthetic marijuana.

Many say the synthetic chemicals in the products are even more dangerous than actual pot.

The proposed Washington D.C. law was brought to the table in November 2011. If passed, 12 different types of synthetic marijuana would be added to the controlled substance list in D.C.

Council Chairman Kwame Brown and nine other legislators proposed the law.

“Kids are smoking this stuff or snorting this stuff … and it gets you higher than marijuana,” Brown told The Washington Examiner. “It is a problem.”

For the full Washington Examiner article, click here.

Use of the synthetic marijuana chemical products has led to recorded hallucinations, possible seizures and rapid heart rate. Some states have also recorded deaths related to the products.

Preliminary studies indicate that synthetic marijuana substances like K2 are three to 100 times more potent than THC, the active ingredient found in marijuana. Producers spray cannabinoid, a chemical compound, onto flowers, herbs, and tobacco, and then sell it in stores —some legally in states that still allow its sale — as potpourri or incense and label it as “not for human consumption.”

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