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Legal synthetic "fake" Marijuana slips through cracks of the drug war; popularity growing

• AP

The users are buying a product known as K2 — or "Spice," Genie" and "Zohai" — that is commonly sold in head shops as incense. Produced in China and Korea, the mixture of herbs and spices is sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Users roll it up in joints or inhale it from pipes, just like the real thing.

Though banned in most of Europe, K2's key ingredients are not regulated in the United States — a gap that has prompted lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas to consider new legislation.

"This isn't Jerry Garcia's marijuana," said state Rep. Jeff Roorda, a Democrat from the eastern Missouri town of Barnhart. "They've used chemicals to avoid creating something that's already illegal."

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Richard Stone
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 Timothy Leary are you playing with your chemistry set again ??????????

Comment by Found Zero
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Well I think everybody just wants to go out and consume Chinese chemical psychoactives! What risk could there possibly be to that?

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