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House gives final approval to bill to ban K2

February 3, 2010


— A bill aimed at stopping the spread of synthetic marijuana won the Kansas House’s approval Wednesday, as legislators move quickly to enact what they believe is the nation’s first ban on altered herbs sometimes known as “K2” or “Spice.”

The bill, approved 110-11, targets two chemicals that are sprayed or sprinkled as a powder on herbs, so that they can be smoked and produce a pot-like high. The legislation also deals with two chemicals used for a new form of the illegal, euphoria-inducing drug Ecstasy.

It would become illegal to possess or sell those chemicals, just as it is for marijuana.

Law enforcement officials in northeast Kansas have said they began seeing people using synthetic but legal marijuana last summer. The National Conference of State Legislatures knows of no attempts by other states’ lawmakers to ban it but acknowledges having done no survey on the issue.

“It has expanded over the last six months,” said Master Deputy Chris Farkes of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, who handles drug cases. “This one product is going to be for this niche group that wants to get high but doesn’t want to get caught.”

The Senate approved its own bill two weeks ago, 36-1. Its measure is slightly different, and the two chambers must agree on a single version.

“We can do this quickly,” said Sen. Vicki Schmidt, a Topeka Republican and pharmacist who’s pushing her chamber’s bill.

A ban would take effect within two weeks of Gov. Mark Parkinson signing it. Critics of the proposals argue that legislators are moving too quickly and not taking time to consider whether synthetic marijuana could have medical uses.

“It just seems like this discussion is a little premature,” said House Minority Leader Paul Davis, a Democrat in Lawrence, where at least one store is selling the synthetic but legal marijuana. “This bill has been put on a fast track, and I’m not sure this is a prolific issue that merits us taking action right now.”


Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 3 months ago

“We can do this quickly,” said Sen. Vicki Schmidt, a Topeka Republican and pharmacist who’s pushing her chamber’s bill.

Proof, if there is a good thing out there and its a legal drug companies make no money on it. Now that its illegal only Drug companies will have access to it, translates into more profit for drug companies.

somedude20 8 years, 3 months ago

outlawing K-2 takes 3-4 weeks but to create a law that makes leaving the scene of an accident (which unlike K-2 has been a real issue with actual deaths and injuries) a more severe seems to take forever.

Kansas Legislators, as dumb as you think!! Boy, I sure hope they can outlaw lighters soon becuase, like the K-2, they are DEADLY

vermont 8 years, 3 months ago

justanothertroll: It isn't about whether you partake in the use of these substances, it concerns the simple fact that somebody somewhere thinks they know what's best for you. We are not children. Let the individual decide what's best for them. Having a choice is a good thing in a free market society, that's what freedom is. I won't use this K-2 but if I had Glaucoma or Cancer I might choose to. Obviously their has to be boundaries and maybe we should choose to protect our children by making it illegal to buy/sell to someone under 18/21. Banning these substances will inevitably create more problems in the future. Underground markets will be made available and crime rates will increase, jails and prisons may become overcrowded with adults that have made a choice to use these substances within their homes. Often banning these types of substances ignites more lust for them. Paul Davis is doing a fine job; lets really be sure that this is a good idea.

Shane Garrett 8 years, 3 months ago

Well, I see the Kansas Legislator misses out on proposing a tax on K-2. Tax it out of the purchase price of non-working hippie druggies and teen age kids and the problem is solved.

Danimal 8 years, 3 months ago

Well, it's only a matter of time now before some chemist figures out another chemical compound that mimics the high of marijuana. Good work legislature, it's always refreshing to see politicians doing a little grandstanding to avoid dealing with real issues!

Steve Bunch 8 years, 3 months ago

Smoke 'em if you got 'em, I guess. Morons, layabouts, ne'er do wells, blackguards, churls, rascals, rapscallions, and knaves.

earline james 8 years, 3 months ago

It's been a while since high school civics, but doesn't the govenor have to sign off on this before it becomes law? Will the govenor look at a petition? Can the govenor veto this? Is it not too late?

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