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Gov. Brewer signs anti-synthetic marijuana law

The mix of herbs known as spice produces a high comparable to marijuana but is marketed legally as incense. K2 is a brand under which spice is sold. (Photo by the Drug Enforcement Administration)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Wednesday another ban on synthetic marijuana, touting it as a new tool for law enforcement officials struggling to go after the evolving chemical configurations that make up synthetic drugs.

Brewer said the state’s previous ban on synthetic drugs was “frequently thwarted” by drug-makers who modify the composition of their products to avoid breaking the law.

“The production and use of these synthetic drugs is a growing epidemic in Arizona and nationwide, and poses a threat to our citizens,” Brewer said in a statement.

The new law expands the state’s definition of dangerous drugs to include chemical configurations that make up “spice,” ”K2,” ”bath salts,” and other synthetic drugs. It took effect immediately.

It bans “any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of cannabimimetic substances and their salts, isomers… and salts of isomers.”

The white-powder drug gives users a high similar to those consuming cocaine or methamphetamine. Doctors and police say bath salts can cause paranoia, hallucinations, violent behavior, kidney failure, cardiac arrest and death.

Last year, doctors from the Yavapai Regional Medical Center and the Verde Valley Medical Center said the county’s emergency rooms were averaging 20 admissions per week of people under the influence of the drugs.

Roughly 41 states have banned spice, including Arizona.

Last year, President Barack Obama signed a federal law banning synthetic marijuana and other such drugs. The ban placed 26 substances in the federal list of Schedule 1 controlled dangerous substances.

5 comments

  1. Yet another bandaid for a broken arm. These substances are chemical compounds which can be altered very easily which is why you cannot simply ban them. I have the solution, but my solution is inevitable and will happen anyways, unfortunately many will be against my solution so we must sit back and watch synthetics harm society a while longer. In the end polaticians don’t really care whether it harms you or not.

  2. There are two primary categories of synthetic research chemicals plaguing America…cannabinoids/cannabinomimetics and cathinones. This article seems to confuse the reader.

  3. Bob, please explain the differences. I didn’t realize I was confused until I read your comment. Thx.

  4. Too sad when we have to have “laws” to keep fools from poisoning or killing themselves.

    As far as the isolation rooms go…a good idea, but don’t think it will accomplish the actual goals, which should have been taught at home, or a long time ago when this behavior began.

    We seem to be turning into a “reactionary” Country, and if we don’t pay attention it may be too late one of these days. We never seem to learn from the hard lessons right in front of us.

  5. How many people visit the emergency room due to alcohol a week? Vehicle accidents, fatalities, domestic violence, abuse…etc.

    Prohibition on alcohol again???

    Spice.. K2, etc., are “systhetics” for “marijuana”….but are a lot more dangerous than marijuana.

    Legalize marijuana… No more “Spice” or “K2″ etc.

    You can have a beer or (and) a shot or
    two or three or four… At the sports bar while watching the game….hop in your pickup and drive home, risking the lives of others….but you can’t relax and smoke a joint in your living room???

    End the Marijuana Prohibition.

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