Some Fremont stores may be selling illegal pot substitutes

FREMONT — Local businesses selling imitation marijuana marketed as incense, with names such as “Spice” and “K2,” could be in trouble — along with anyone possessing the substances — after a recent emergency change by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The synthetic drug, often sold in small, silvery bags, is a mix of herbs and spices that is typically sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, a psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

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