(Reuters) – Another midshipman was expelled from the U.S. Naval Academy for using or having a banned marijuana-like substance known as “spice,” bringing the total number expelled to 12, officials said.
In January and February, 11 students were expelled as a part of an ongoing investigation into the violation of the Naval Academy’s zero tolerance policy regarding illicit drug use or possession.
In December of 2010 Gillespie exhorted lawmakers to make the synthetic marihuana illegal while at the same time vowing to prosecute anyone who drove impaired while under the influence of K2 incense.
The fake pot has emerged as a major catalyst of tragedy for teen-agers in Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as in other cities across the Lone Star State. K2 incense has been especially popular among teenagers in Texas.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – You can add another southeast Indiana community to the list of those which will no longer allow the sale of Spice. Lawrenceburg City Council voted this week to pass an ordinance prohibiting the sale of substances containing synthetic cannabinoids. The Lawrenceburg ordinance also outlaws the use of the substances in public places.
“One of my friends couldn’t function for like 30 seconds; like she couldn’t talk,” said Laura, 22, about a designer drug most commonly known as K2 incense.
For those who seek a marijuana-like high legally, synthetic marijuana has been an option since the early 2000s. A mysterious substance packaged with little description in head shops, disguised as incense, called “K2”, Spice, Red X Dawn, or a variety of others, is no longer slipping under the radar, as of March 1.
HOUSTON (KTRK) — Synthetic marijuana has been banned in communities across the country and now the state of Texas is taking a hard stance against it. Synthetic marijuana has been banned in communities across the country and now the state of Texas is taking a hard stance against it. The Texas Department of State Health Services has now classified K2 incense, Spice, and other synthetic marijuana products as a controlled substance — making it illegal to manufacture, distribute, possess and sell the substance. Effective April 22, it will be a class A or B misdemeanor.
The Department of State Health Services announced Wednesday that it is outlawing marijuanalike substances commonly found in K2 incense, Spice, “herbal incense” and other synthetic marijuana products. The ban takes effect Friday.
It will be illegal to make, distribute, possess or sell those substances. Penalties are Class A or B misdemeanors, according to a news release posted on the health department’s website.
The action follows the lead of the Drug Enforcement Administration, which prohibited the substances March 2, health department spokeswoman Christine Mann said. State law requires the health department to consider banning any substances the DEA has forbidden, she said.
Starting Friday, the Department of State Health Services says it is outlawing all marijuana-like substances.
Under a new ban set to take effect, it will be illegal to make, distribute, possess or sell K2 incense, Spice, Herbal Incense, and other synthetic marijuana products.
Penalties will be Class A or B misdemeanors.
The action follows the lead of the Drug Enforcement Administration which prohibited the substances back in March.
Amarillo, Texas – Today begins the ban in Texas on several synthetic marijuana-like substances found in products like K2 incense, also known as Spice. The Texas Department of State Health Services is making it illegal to manufacture, distribute, possess, or sell the five banned compounds.
It’s marketed as an herbal incense and produces similar effects as smoking marijuana. It’s easy to find and cheap to buy. Smoke shops, gas stations, and the Internet sell it for as little as $10 a gram.
K2 incense or Spice is sometimes marketed as herbal incense at smoke shops, gas stations and the Internet, and produce effects similar to those of marijuana.
Penalties range from a $2,000 to $4,000 fine and jail terms between 180 days to a year, officials said.
Until this school year, a freshman, who wishes to remain anonymous, thought of incense as something that simply smells good. So, when her friends asked her if she wanted to smoke it with them, she was a bit caught off-guard.
“I was like … ‘Is this legit? Is this what you’re supposed to do with it? Or is this just something you came up with on your own?’” she said.
The synthetic cannabinoid, which goes by several names, including “Spice,” “K2 incense” and “Genie,” is ultimately intended for consumption, said Chris McHenry, a Sacred Heart Emergency Room registered nurse.
The DEA’s campaign to ban Spice and K2 incense products received a boost from the San Diego Naval Medical Center, which reports 15 sailors were hospitalized after smoking synthetic pot last year. But Dr. Julie Holland tells CelebStoner, “There’s nothing really new here.”
The Med Center claims Spice and K2 incense cause paranoia, confusion and hallucinations, and that the side effects can continue for several days.
Stoners like to celebrate their “national pot day” annually on April 20 — based on the notion that police in California used 4-20 as a numeric code decades ago to indicate they were busting marijuana dealers and users. But last week, the State of Texas celebrated April 20 in a different way: The Texas Department of State Health Services chose that day to announce that, by agency policy, it is banning five of the many chemical compounds that are used to create “fake pot.” The ban took effect two days later.