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  1. chillinwill
    A Kansas lawmaker on Monday will announce his plans for legislation that would ban incense that some say produce a marijuana-like high when smoked.

    Rep. Rob Olson, R-Olathe, said in a Sunday news release he will introduce a bill this session that would "address concerns regarding the use of unregulated synthetic drugs in Kansas, in particular two found in a smoke-able herbal product known as K2."

    "The two chemicals named JWH-018 and JWH-073 are very similar to tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical in marijuana that gives a user his high," the release said.

    Olson will discuss his proposal during a Monday news conference at the Statehouse.

    The products are currently legal in the state and sold in a variety of blends that deliver a flowery aroma when burned. Law enforcement officials, however, say some manufacturers are lacing incense with synthetic compounds that mimic marijuana when ingested or smoked.

    January 10, 2010


  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Re: Lawmaker proposing incense ban

    Kansas Senate committee endorses bill to ban synthetic drugs mirroring pot, Ecstasy

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed ban in Kansas on new synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of marijuana and Ecstasy has cleared a legislative committee.

    The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee endorsed a bill Wednesday to make possession of three chemicals a misdemeanor. The measure now goes to the full Senate for debate.

    Two of the chemicals are added to herbs and sold as "K-2" or "Spice," which are smoked like marijuana. The third is a form of the illegal, euphoria-producing drug Ecstasy.

    Kansas law enforcement officials have said high school students are using the new synthetic drugs.

    But Sen. David Haley, a Kansas City Democrat, voted against the measure, saying he didn't know enough about it and suggesting it was a response to "hysteria."

    By Associated Press
    5:26 PM CST, January 13, 2010

  2. Terrapinzflyer
    Re: Lawmaker proposing incense ban

    another story adds some clarification to the ingredients. Its not worth posting the whole article so

    So it would appear K2 contains JWH-018 and JWH-073. The bill is also banning two chemicals not related to K2: HU-210 and benzylpiperazine

  3. chillinwill
    Panel urges ban on certain drugs

    On Wednesday, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee recommended approving a ban on certain synthetic drugs in Kansas.

    Rep. Bob Olsen, R-Olathe, has introduced a bill that would regulate the synthetic drugs used in the smokable herbal product known as K2.

    The bill was spurred after Olsen became familiar with the chemicals named JWH-018 and JWH-073. He said the chemicals are very similar to tetrahydrocannadbinol, or THC — the chemical in marijuana that gives users a “high.”

    “There is so much that is unknown about these and other unregulated synthetic drugs. To hear that K2 is becoming popular among high school students ... that concerns me,” Olsen said. “So many times a kid will start out with minor drug usage that leads to a lifetime of addiction. My goal with this legislation is to prevent that from happening.”

    House Bill 2411 would make possession, use, sale and possession with intent to sell of K2 and other products containing synthetic cannabinoids illegal in Kansas.

    A number of countries have moved to ban the sale of synthetic cannabinoids or the products that include them — including Argentina, Britain, Canada, Germany, Poland, France, and Russia.
    Kansas is the first state to consider similar legislation.

    “We have some information on K2,” said Crawford County Sheriff Sandy Horton. “I don't recall any cases that we are working on that involve the substance.”

    Johnson County Sheriff’s Master Deputy Chris Farkes asked to have K2 analyzed after its’ use by high school students exploded last fall.

    “It’s very concerning because the students don’t know what they’re getting,” Farkes said. “They think it’s harmless, but someone who uses K2 then drives a car or operates heavy machinery could put themselves and others in serious danger.”

    Farkes said the herbal product also is popular with former convicts on probation trying to avoid positive drug tests.

    Johnson County Forensic Scientist Jeremy Morris said scientific testing found the intoxicating effects of JWH-018 and JWH-073 are more potent than THC.

    “The effects of THC happen when the chemical binds with receptors in the user’s brain, like a key fitting into a lock,” Morris said. “JWH-018 and JWH-073 are better keys then THC, and therefore, it takes less of them to get you high - and that high will last longer. K2 takes all of the negative effects of THC and heightens them.”

    Classified as “synthetic cannabinoids” because of their close relation to THC, Morris said there also are concerns about the long-term effects of smoking JWH-018 and JWH-073.

    “Whenever we take a drug or a drug product is smoked, the burning process converts the original chemicals in the product into a host of new combustion products,” Morris said. “Those who’ve studied these synthetic cannabinoids are concerned that, when smoked, some of the combustion products could cause cancer.”

    While there has been little known usage in Crawford County, Horton said that he would not be opposed to a measure regulating the substances.

    “I think that it should be regulated simply because of its similarity to marijuana,” Horton said. “We have not seen it as prevalent here, but it is something that we could start to see.”

    Matthew Clark
    January 15, 2010
    Morning Star
  4. chillinwill
    K2 proponents urge lawmakers to think twice before banning marijuana-like substance

    Users and sellers of K2 pushed back Tuesday on attempts to ban the chemicals in the herbal mixture that some say produces a marijuana-like high.

    “This is really about, ‘we don’t like people getting high,’ ” said Robert Bussinger of Lawrence, who said he used K2 before speaking to the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee.

    The committee took no action on House Bill 2411, but Chairwoman Pat Colloton, R-Leawood, indicated the panel would recommend approval of the bill next week. The full Senate is expected to debate a similar measure on Thursday.

    The bills would make illegal two chemicals found in K2; JWH-018 and JWH-073, which are called synthetic cannabinoids.

    K2 is sold as incense but law enforcement officials say it is being smoked as a legal substitute for marijuana. Law officials from Douglas County and other jurisdictions say it is becoming more widely used among young people, and they said they fear it may have harmful long-term effects.

    Janine Gracy, director of the Regional Prevention Center, which provides substance abuse prevention programs in Johnson, Leavenworth and Miami counties, said she has heard of young people driving to Lawrence and purchasing K2.

    “Their perception was altered. Driving their car on K-10, high as a kite, they could have killed someone on their path,” she said.

    But John Knox, an attorney representing the Sacred Journey, an herbal shop in Lawrence that sells K2, said the product shouldn’t be prohibited because some may misuse it.

    “There are lots of drugs that can be used to get a high, including alcohol,” Knox said. “We know alcohol causes lots of deaths, we don’t make it illegal.”

    He said there are no studies that show K2 has any detrimental health effects, and no other state nor the federal government has made the chemicals illegal. Sacred Journey, he said, refuses to sell K2 to anyone under age 18.

    Hudson Luce, a patent attorney who practices in Lawrence, said the two chemical compounds have the potential to be used in treating a host of diseases and ailments, but that research would dry up if they were made illegal.

    State Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, asked Luce if the chemicals should be available for high school students to smoke. Luce replied, “I don’t think high school kids should smoke anything.”

    State Rep. Stan Frownfelter, D-Kansas City, said the issue reminded him of when people realized model glue was being misused by people to get high.

    “Do we outlaw everything? People have to be responsible for their own actions,” he said.

    Bussinger, the Lawrence resident who said he used K2, said he feared that prohibiting the product “would make lots of law-abiding people, criminals.”

    By Scott Rothschild
    January 19, 2010
  5. chillinwill
    Senate passes ban on synthetic drugs

    TOPEKA – The Senate on Thursday sent a bill to the House which would ban two synthetic drugs which replicate the effects of marijuana and Ecstasy.

    The measure, Senate Bill 348, passed 36-1 with Kansas City Democrat David Haley as the lone vote against the proposal.

    “As our youth and others continue to search for legal ways to expand their flights of fancy I fear they will encounter more dangerous ways that what we ban here,” said Haley.

    He noted that the move to ban two synthetic cannabinoids found in K2, which replicates the effect of marijuana comes as many states are expanding legal access to the plant itself.

    The measure would also ban BZP which replicate the hallucinogen Ecstasy.

    Kansas law enforcement officials have said high school students are using the new synthetic drugs.

    Most lawmakers did not agree with Haley.

    Sen. Jim Barnett, R-Emporia, who is also a physician, said he was voting for the ban after seeing first-hand the impact drugs could have on people’s lives.

    “Even though it is an imitation drug it is still a drug,” he said.

    By Jeannine Koranda
    January 21, 2010
    Wichita Eagle
  6. dadrone
    This makes SWIM wonder... how is salvia still legal in some states and will Spice move along at the same pace?
  7. chillinwill
    The Kansas Legislature is close to becoming the first state in the country to ban the altered herb known as K2 or Spice.

    27 News investigated why lawmakers want the natural substance banned... while others are fighting to keep it a legal alternative for marijuana.

    We also found on YouTube some people who tried K2 and we discovered some of the effects.

    Vicki Schmidt/Sponsors K2 Ban says, "I think if you take one look at some of the videos that are posted on youtube you can see how incapacitated individuals can become."

    David Haley/(D) Kansas City says, "Banning synthetic marijuana just doesn't make sense on many levels." State Senator David Haley was the only lawmaker in the Kansas Senate to vote against the ban. David Haley/(D) Kansas City says, "it becomes a gateway for criminalizing behavior of a substance some are actually using to ease chronic pain and nausea and for medicinal benefits."

    15 years ago, the herbal mixture was created at Clemson University and called JWH 018. The creator was a student of Dr. John Huffman.
    He declined our interview, but sent us this statement: "I emphasize that this compound was not designed to be a super-THC. It is simply one of many compounds synthesized by my group and others for the purpose of investigating the relationship between chemical structure and biological activity. It should absolutely NOT be used as a recreational drug."

    Topeka Police Sgt. Lance Feyh also spoke to Dr. Huffman. Lance Feyh/Topeka Police Dept. says, "They kind of described it as the cannabinoids receptors in your brain is like a lock, and the key , the first key would be THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana, fits that lock, but this K2 is a much better key."

    Right on the packaging it states, "not meant for human consumption." But, with one click of a button you can find people consuming it all over the Internet. Vicki Schmidt/Sponsors K2 Ban says, "The videos that I have seen clearly compare the high to marijuana or THC." Lance Feyh/Topeka Police Dept. says, "The one thing I want to caution everyone with is with they do use this substance and get in a car and drive they can still be arrested for DUI."

    Topeka Police or any of law enforcement agency in the state can put a user behind bars not for the act, but for the danger their impairment could cause the public. Police do know, one group is using K2 to stay out of prison... those on probation. Lance Feyh/Topeka Police Dept. says, "Get similar effects of marijuana and it would not show up, so they wouldn't get busted and sent back to prison for that."

    Since the herbal mixture has only been around since 1995, no long-term studies have been done on the effects overtime. Some users are discovering a possible dangerous side-effect. Lance Feyh/Topeka Police Dept. says, "Started having hallucination issues, well you normally don't get that with the THC and the marijuana, so that kind of leaves us to believe there is some kind of addicting value to it and some overdosing with it."

    If banned legislation would not allow K2 to be available through a prescription.

    February 23, 2010
  8. Terrapinzflyer
    David Haley explains why he voted against criminalizing K2 synthetic weed

    Kansas legislator's didn't wait for anything as trivial as scientific evidence before banning synthetic cannabinoids JWH-073 and JWH-018 -- the chemicals that give K2 its ability to mimic the effects of real weed -- the subjects of last week's Pitch feature story, "Fake Reefer Madness."

    Sure some scientists think the synthetics could be used in research for diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, but why risk it when people might be using it to laugh for 20 minutes?

    Only one Kansas senator voted against the legislation, KCK's David Haley.

    "I think I'm the only one left with any common sense in all the hysteria," Haley told The Pitch. "To have a bill introduced on the floor and passed within three hours of it's introduction .. to pass it on the same day with no discussion? I've never seen that. Ever."

    The bill was the Kansas Senate's first act of legislation this session. Considering the $400 million budget shortfall Kansas faces, it's not like they don't have more important things to consider. Haley doubts he was the only one to question the bill's necessity.

    "I do think some senators agree that it's not the best use of time. But, they do feel that if they vote against it, if they ask for study, it's going to hurt them in their districts. You can't vote for a sensible drug policy without worrying about what's going to happen when you're up for re-election."

    By Peter Rugg
    Tue., Feb. 23 2010 @ 7:00AM
  9. chillinwill
    Bill aimed at banning compounds in K2 starts advancing again

    A proposed ban on compounds in the herbal mixture K2 has started again in the Kansas Legislature.

    Both the House and Senate have approved bills aimed at taking K2 off the shelves.

    But on Wednesday, the Senate Public Health and Welfare approved the House version because it also included making an additional substance illegal.

    That substance is called trifluomethylphenyl piperazine, or TFMPP. When TFMPP is combined with benzylpiperazine, or BZP, it mimics the high of ecstasy, officials told the committee.

    Jeremiah Morris, senior forensic scientist with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, said TFMPP has no medical purpose.

    “We see it nearly all the time with BZP in tablets,” he said.

    He said the drug comes to United States from Asia through Canada.

    State Rep. Rob Olson, R-Olathe, said he expected the full Senate to approve House Bill 2411 later this week, which would then put it before Gov. Mark Parkinson.

    Bills aimed at banning compounds in K2, which was sold as incense at a Lawrence store, shot through the Legislature earlier in the session after law authorities reported that the product was being smoked by people to get a marijuana-like high.

    A gift shop in Hutchinson started selling K2 when the Legislature started reviewing the proposed bills, according to an article in The Hutchinson News.

    Don Gregg, manager of Cornerstore, told the newspaper, “I’m a businessman. I’ve never had a product that sells as well as this does.”

    By Scott Rothschild
    February 24, 2010
  10. chillinwill
    Parkinson signs chemical ban bill

    Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson, on Wednesday, signed a bill into law today that will ban certain chemicals that are used to create synthetic cannabinoids. This brings the total number of bills signed during the 2010 legislative session to seven.

    “This legislation has received overwhelming support by Kansas law enforcement and the legislature,” Parkinson said. “It will help improve our communities by better equipping law enforcement officers in addressing this issue and deterring Kansans from drug use.”

    HB 2411 would amend the Kansas Uniform Controlled Substances Act to expand the list of Schedule I controlled substances to include certain synthetic cannabinoids — the chemical compounds HU-210, JWH-018, JWH-073, BZP, and TFMPP.

    The bill would make it illegal to possess, use, or sell these drugs. The legislation goes into effect upon publication in the Kansas Register.

    “We've drawn national attention to the dangers of synthetic drugs. This is a win for Kansas,” said Rep. Rob Olson, R-Olathe, who introduced the bill. “Not only did we raise awareness about this issue among Kansas parents but we've also helped legislators and families in 49 other states protect their children today.”

    House Bill 2411 adds these five named compounds as well as those similar in chemical structure to the state’s Schedule I list and makes possession, use, sale and possession with intent to sell them and products such as K2 containing them illegal in Kansas.

    “This bill makes sure changes in the law keep up with changes in chemistry,” said Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence. “It’s an important step to take to keep this new product from becoming a drug of choice for Kansas kids.”

    In addition, Friday Parkinson plans to sign a bill that will ban smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places.

    A ceremony has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in the south wing of the Statehouse’s second floor. Parkinson is also planning on re-enacting the signing on Monday in Kansas City, Kan. and Salina.
    The bill was approved two weeks ago and will take effect on July 1.

    The legislation bans smoking in restaurants and bars as well as retail stores, libraries, theaters and most places of employment.

    Exceptions to the ban include tobacco shops, private clubs and designated smoking areas in nursing homes. However, the biggest issue with the bill was leaving out gambling areas of new state-owned casinos.

    March 11, 2010
    Morning Sun
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