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
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