K2, or Spice, a supplement product that contains a synthetic version of THC, marijuana's active ingredient, has been linked to fatalities in Indiana and across the nation.
Although Spice is not licensed or regulated, it is available online or in certain convenience stores. Several states, including Tennessee, have already passed bans on the synthetic chemical that mimics the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers (IABR) has also recently voted to support legislation banning the sale of Spice, which, laced with a compound, is said to be 10 times more powerful than marijuana. It is also understood that the smoking of Spice cannot be detected by drug tests.
"Though there are no federal or state laws regulating Spice, we believe it should be banned from store shelves for all retailers and voluntarily removed by any retailer selling it,” said Brad Rider, chairman of the association’s board.
"We can only advise our members on best practices. But we can take the lead in educating all retailers about this potentially harmful product", said Rider.
September 20. 2010
COMMENT: the alcohol industry has also come out against Prop 19 in California- the initiative to legalize marijuana. see Alcohol Trade Comes Out Against Legal Marijuana