Missouri legislators discuss bans
MISSOURI -- A new form of tobacco is giving people across the country the same kind of high as marijuana.
[A bill is pending in the Missouri legislature to ban the drug called K2.
It is a type of amphetamine and is typically marketed to teenagers and college students
This drug can be found in many convenience stories across the state of Missouri and is legal to buy and possess.
"The new trend of K2 which is sometimes referred to as spice, cannabanoids or genie, is actually a legally possessed tobacco product here in the state of Missouri. That tobacco product actually has a chemical added to it and that chemical has very similar characteristics, chemically wise, as cannabis or marijuana," said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Brent Bernhardt.
The bill that is currently pending would make the chemicals used in this drug Schedule One Narcotics, which would get K2 off store shelves.
By Jarod Wells
Friday, March 19, 2010 at 3:30 p.m.