A state lawmaker from Tucson plans to propose during the upcoming legislative session a statewide ban on synthetic marijuana.
Democratic Rep. Matt Heinz is a physician and says the material is dangerous and unpredictable.
Heinz saw four college-age people come into an emergency room because one of their friends was experiencing side effects after smoking the material.
Heinz says the student couldn’t speak, his upper extremities were twitching and he complained of headaches and nausea.
The federal government last month began the process of putting the five chemicals used in herbal blends to make the synthetic marijuana in the same drug category as heroin and cocaine.
The five chemicals mimic the active ingredient in marijuana.