Missouri legislators discuss cannabinoid ban

By Terrapinzflyer · Mar 21, 2010 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    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.

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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    hopefully the folks in the legislature have a little more intelligence then the author of this article. FFS. :mad:
  2. nate81
    LMAO @ Jarod Wells!!! what a dumbass!! hahahaha. Even a cursory glance at the subject would have guided him to the correct description. OMG, we deserve everything we get with people like this informing our population on such matters.

    Unfortunately they are even less intelligent than Jarod Wells. They are banning "K2" which is a brand name. They don't even know what it is!

    We need comments on that article folks!!
  3. chillinwill
    Missouri Senate votes to ban K2, lower penalties

    Senate lawmakers moved ahead with a ban synthetic marijuana, saying smoking the substance is more dangerous to Missouri’s children than smoking pot.

    The product, known as K2, is marketed as a herbal incense. When smoked, it produces a high similar to smoking marijuana.

    The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and now returns to the House for another vote before it can be sent to Gov. Jay Nixon for his signature. Senate lawmakers added an amendment that would align the penalties for possessing K2 with those for possessing marijuana.

    Currently, possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor.

    “We need to look at what is a felony and what is a misdemeanor,” said Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, who sponsored the amendment. “We should slap people on the wrist if this is a first-time thing, and really go after the people who are manufacturing this stuff.”

    Though comparisons are often drawn between K2 and marijuana, supporters of the legislation said the compound is more akin to methamphetamine.

    “This is not marijuana. It should not be treated like marijuana. It should be treated like methamphetamine,” said Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia.

    Schaefer, who sponsored a Senate version of the bill, opposed lowering the penalty for possessing small amounts of K2, saying it was dangerous for children.

    The House sponsor, Rep. Ward Franz, R-West Plains, said banning K2 is a public safety issue, and that law enforcement officials urged him to press forward with the ban after they saw it used increasingly in children.

    There’s been little research on how K2 affects the body, and critics of the legislation say there’s not enough information to justify banning K2. Small business owners testified in Jefferson City in April, saying K2 sales have boosted their revenue and allowed them to hire more employees.

    The federal government has not banned the use of K2, though many states are considering their own bans. In February, Kansas became the first state to ban the substance. Several Missouri cities and counties have also individually banned the synthetic substance.

    If passed by the House and signed by the governor, the law would become effective immediately.

    By Juana Summers
    May 5, 2010
    STL Today
  4. Terrapinzflyer
    Missouri lawmakers approve ban on synthetic marijuana, send bill to governor

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would make Missouri the second state to ban synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana.

    The House sent the legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday night. Kansas enacted a similar ban earlier this year.

    The Missouri bill would outlaw synthetic compounds that are sprayed on dried herbs and flowers and often sold as incense. The product, commonly known as K2, produces a marijuana-like high when smoked or inhaled. It is sold in smoke shops and gas stations around the state.

    The legislation would subject people who possess the substance to the same criminal penalties as those who use real marijuana. Those sentences vary depending upon the amount possessed.

    By Associated Press
    8:37 PM CDT, May 13, 2010

  5. Terrapinzflyer
    Synthetic Marijuana Bill Passed in Missouri

    The Missouri Legislature passed a bill late Thursday banning synthetic marijuana.

    Should Missouri Governor Jay Nixon sign the bill, the drug, called K2, will be illegal to smoke, buy or sell in Missouri. Missouri is the second state to ban synthetic compounds mimicking the effects of marijuana.

    K2 is sold and marketed as an herbal incense. When smoked it produces an effect similar to smoking marijuana. It is sold in smoke shops and gas stations around the state.

    Lawmakers have said that K2 is an epidemic and that banning the substance quickly is a public safety issue. The legislation would take effect if signed by the governor.

    Those opposed to the bill called it a job-killer. Small businesses selling the drug say they have noticed an increase in sales resulting in their ability to hire more employees.

    The legislation will subject people who possess the substance to the same criminal penalties as those who use real marijuana. Those sentences vary depending upon the amount possessed.

    In March, Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson signed the first state law making it illegal to buy, sell or possess K2.

    Since Kansas and Missouri began to tackle the synthetic drug use, a handful of states and many counties have worked to institute their own K2 bans.

    In Illinois, the House passed the legislation, but it has not yet moved to the Senate floor.
    The bill is HB 1472.

    Friday, May 14, 2010

  6. Valseedian
    and THIS is why it's been falsely described as an amphetamine... this is how ALL drug legislation has squeeked through, on fear and lies. how many legislators are doctors, how many have any backround at all in organic chemistry, neurochemistry, psychology, pharmacology or toxicology... why are we letting these people decide what is OK to have.. they obviously don'y know anything about it.. it's so blatantly obvious upon even minor examination. and who did they decide to interview? a cop and a republican senator... not a doctor, or anyone who's a) seen it's use or b) would be able to extrapolate or have done even a moment's research past these shock-and-awe headlines. these goverment officials have adjendas here, for sure... it's totally safe to vote against the new drug killing our kids, they don't have to read anything, and they don't get paid less for voting aye or nay, so what's it to them, they don't need to use it, they have good old regular weed, and who's gunna bother busting them for that.

    wow... is the government stupid or what??

    so, in other words, you can't buy the brand K2, but, does it cover spice product range? does it cover raw cannabinoids? no... all you are banning is the final product of a needless step. so, in a few days, there will be a product out , called j1 hampster fluff... it's going to look sorta like shredded paper. but it's going to be sprayed down with cannas, cause, lets face it; they haven't named one... they don't have a test... and it's more inconspicuous... but those who want it, will get it still... that doesn't work, then it'll be on toilet paper, then monopoly money... go down the list, pick out a piece of paper, and you have your next shipping medium..

    and it won't stop there..

    YOU CAN"T STOP IT.. it's going to happen. embrace it and you'll have less headaches.

    pull your heads out of your asses and do a little research
  7. mx65wildcat
    Good to know , note to swim .if ever in missouri get a different brand other than k2 lmao
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