Lake Ozark officials put an end to legal possession of “fake pot” Tuesday night in hopes that the popularity will fizzle out on the controversial herbal incense known as K2.
The city is the first in the lake area to ban K2, Spice or any other smoking product that contains any of the chemical components making up synthetic marijuana.
K2 is sold as an incense and marketed for mediation purposes. However, kids as young as middle school age have been purchasing the incense, grinding it up and smoking it like marijuana.
School of the Osage Superintendent Mary Ann Johnson said students in the district are already using – and abusing – the marijuana substitute without realizing the dangerous consequences.
There have been reports of K2 users having blacked out for several hours or suffered catalepsy, a nervous condition causing a fixed body posture.
K2 is available in several locations around the lake, including tobacco shops, and has recently shown up in some convenience stores.
Its popularity has grown so much that businesses, who usually close or reduce hours for the winter season, were able to stay open this past winter in order to sell the incense.
“I have one document after another saying how dangerous it is,” Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples told the Board of Aldermen. “It truly bothers me.”
A bill (and here) making the substance illegal statewide is already going through the Missouri Legislature and is expected to be approved. However, Maples asked aldermen to approve their own version that could be put into place immediately.
“We need to take the lead role here,” Maples said. “We need to show we, as a city, care about what goes on here.”
Maples said part of the problem with K2 is that manufacturing of the substance is unregulated so users who inhale it could experience different side effects each time.
Looks Similar to small flakes of potpourri
Cost Between $25-$50 for 3-gram packets
At XXX.XX-incense.com, the makers list several herbs as its ingredients: Canavalia rosea, Clematis vitalba, Nelumbo nucifera, Pedicularis grandifolia, Heimia salicifolia, Leonurus sibiricus and Ledum palustre.
Comes in 5 blends Standard, Blonde, Citron, Pink and Summit
Marketed as incense and labels on packets warn against human consumption
Although JWH-018 is not a listed ingredient on their site, criminalist supervisor Adam Benne of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said their crime lab has found the chemical in one of the two samples they’ve tested.
JWH-018, or 1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl) indole, is a synthetic compound with effects similar to Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and has the potential for serious side effects.
The other sample contained JWH-073, or 1-Butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole, a chemical similar to JWH-018. Benne said neither are considered controlled substances.
About the ordinance
Governs products that contain any one or more of the following chemicals:
•1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl) (aka- JWH-018)
•1-Butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (aka- JWH-073)
•2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-5-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)phenol (main ingredient in Spice)
•(6aS,10aS)-9-(Hydroxymethyl)- 6,6-dimethyl- 3-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)- 6a,7,10,10a-tetrahydrobenzo [c]chromen-1-ol (aka- Dexanabinol)
Makes it illegal to distribute, deliver, sell, offer to sell, publicly display for sale or attempt to distribute, deliver or sell
Makes it illegal for any one to knowingly possess
Violators can be punished by a fine of up to $500, 90 days in jail or both
If the state enacts a law, it will supersede the city’s ordinance
Lake Ozark, Mo.
By Deanna Wheeler lakenewsonline.com
Posted Mar 25, 2010 @ 11:07 AM