News Archive- March

DEA to ban chemicals in K2 incense, synthetic pot Tuesday

Michigan banned the substances last year, making it a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail for possession. Later legislation, however, accidentally removed the punishment from state statutes for possession of synthetic marijuana. The punishment was restored earlier this year.

DEA Bans Sale of K2 incense, Synthetic Marijuana, and Five Chemicals Used to Make it

By KATIE MOISSE and RAY SANCHEZ

March 1, 2011

The sale of K2 incense, a once-legal but potentially dangerous form of synthetic marijuana, is now banned nationwide.

The ban, proposed in November 2010 amid increasing reports of seizures, hallucinations and dependency linked to the fake pot, was “necessary to prevent an imminent threat to public health and safety,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. It has now banned K2 and five chemicals used to make it.

K2 was sold openly in head shops and online as incense. It largely avoided regulation in the United States because it was sold in packages that stated it was not for human consumption.

Now that K2 incense is banned, retailers develop new products

Because of side effects like nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, even seizures, health officials say the cost of K2 was too great.  The product is now illegal to sell as of today.

Now, there is a new cost for those who want to get past the ban on the substance, commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana: $7.95.

“I got a new one,” said Rockin Cards and Gifts Owner Randy Heine. “I developed a 100% organic product.”

AG Supports Arkansas ‘Bath Salts’ Ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is lending his support to a Senate bill that would ban synthetic drugs sold in convenience stores.

Senate Bill 423 would classify several synthetic drugs as controlled substances, which would prohibit their sale and use in the state. The drugs are commonly sold as bath salts, incense and potpourri, and have names like K2 incense, Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie.

 

K2 (TOP) cant compare to real marijuana (bottom)(photo by Jeff Prince)
k2 incense (top) real marijuana buds (bottom)


Undetectable synthetic marijuana in wide use at U.S. Naval Academy

“Synthetic marijuana” or “Spice” – a herbal potpourri sprayed with chemicals to induce cannabis-like effects – appears to have been used widely and often by midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy according to a recent report from The Washington Post.

Several former midshipmen have admitted to the frequent use on campus of the drug, which is banned by the U.S. military and even in its service academies plus in around 18 states, though Maryland is yet to join that list. Several countries also have a blanket ban on smoking of the drug.

 

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Two clear K2 incense bags

 

It was good mildly uncomfortable while it lasted, but synthetic marijuana knock-off “K2 incense” is facing permanent banishment. Using its “emergency powers” yesterday, the FDA banned the sale of five chemicals which are used to make K2 incense, Spice, and other such herbal products. First bath salts, then Jane Russell, and now K2 incense? What will 2011 take away from us next?

The FDA argued that despite the fact that K2 and such products are legal in most states, there was “an imminent threat to public health” from the herbs—there have been increased reports of seizures, hallucinations and dependency linked to the fake pot. Early reports on the drug said that it causes all the negative effects of pot, including anxiety, panic, paranoia, rapid heart rate and shortness of breath, without any of the fun, calming, goofy stuff.

 

 
syn k2 incense blends
Syn K2 incense synthetic marijuana blend

Stakes are high for ‘fake pot’ makers

Derek Williams was working as a trash-truck driver when his cousin told him about K2 incense, a product made from plant materials and chemicals that provided a legal, marijuana-like high. Williams saw his ticket out of the residential rubbish business: Make a better blend.

He studied compounds that mimic the effects of pot, and almost a year after creating his own brand, Syn Incense, in his home in Kansas City, Mo., Williams, 29, said he has sold more than $1.5 million worth in at least 10 states. Marketing the product as incense helps him avoid federal regulations, even though he said he knows most customers smoke it.

K2 incense, cannabinoid substances banned on campus

Synthetic cannabinoid substances, such as K2 incense, were recently banned on TCU’s campus due to the dangerous health effects associated with the drug, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills said.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the agency banned the substances in cannabinoids, such as JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol, nationwide March 1 and made it illegal to sell or possess the substance or those ingredients. The ban will be in effect for at least one year, during which the DEA and the Department of Health and Human Services will study the substance and determine whether to keep the ban in place permanently.

Springfield bans synthetic marijuana

Sale & use of K2 incense banned

SPRINGFIELD,Mass(WWLP). – The city of Springfield has banned the sale and use of synthetic marijuana.

The City Council voted Monday night to ban the substance also known at “K2 incense” or “spice.”

K2 incense Gains Popularity Among Athletes: Similar High As Pot, No Positive Drug Test

David Rozga loved the Packers. He had a No. 4 tattoo for Brett Favre on his right shoulder, and he planned to add a No. 12 for Aaron Rodgers. He played football until he broke his leg as a sophomore in high school, and he often made the trip with his dad to Lambeau Field from his home in Indianola, Iowa. David Rozga dreamed of seeing the Pack win a Super Bowl.

He didn’t get the chance. Last June, he left a high school graduation party, returned home and took his own life.

David Rozga was 18.

His parents, Mike and Jan, blamed themselves. “It really made us look deeply at ourselves,” Mike says. “How terrible parents we were to not have seen this in our son.”

Two days later, David’s girlfriend, Carrie, came by with a confession: On the day he died, she said, David had been smoking a synthetic marijuana called K2 incense, also known as Spice.

Friendswood close to banning ‘fake marijuana’

Mirroring a national trend, the city of Friendswood is in the process of banning some herbal incense products that are increasingly being used as a marijuana substitute.

City Council already has tentatively OK’d a ban, but needs to adopt it with a second vote, scheduled for Monday, March 21.

The substances are available at smoke shops, convenience stores and gas stations under names like K2 incense, Spice, Blonde, Summit, Standard and Candied Citron, Police Chief Robert Wieners said.

Incense that mimics marijuana now banned as ‘dangerous drug’

A synthetic substance widely known as fake weed, which has been a headache for law enforcement and a health risk to users, is now illegal under Arizona state law.

The substance widely referred to by different names — K2 incense, Spice or Triple X — was formerly sold in convenience stores and other establishments as incense.

Police Enforcing New Law on ‘Synthetic Marijuana’

Spice synthetic marijuana
Spice synthetic marijuana

he so-called “synthetic marijuana” products that produce a high when smoked have been outlawed by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Strongsville police are cracking down on local shops that sell the items.

Up till recently, it has been legal to purchase products like Spice and K2 incense, which are often marketed as “herbal incense.”

More K2 incense seized in Rock Port, officials say

ROCK PORT, Mo. — More suspected K2 incense products were seized this week, this time in Rock Port, Mo.The Rock Port Police Department served a search warrant at the Dominator Fuels Truck Stop, 1306 U.S. Highway 136, in an investigation into the possible sale of a controlled substance, commonly referred to as K2, described as a synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic pot changes, to keep one step ahead of the law

Derek Williams was working as a trash-truck driver when his cousin told him about K2 incense, a product made from plant materials and other chemicals that provided a legal, marijuana-like high. Williams saw his ticket out of the residential rubbish business: Make a better blend.

He studied compounds that mimic the effects of pot, and almost a year after creating his own brand, Syn Incense, in his home in Kansas City, Mo., Williams, 29, said he has sold more than $1.5 million worth in at least 10 states. Marketing the product as incense helps him avoid federal regulations, even though he said he knows most customers smoke it.

Officials press for nationwide ban on K2 incense alternatives

With the second possible K2 bust in a week, regional police departments said they hoped to work on a national level for a ban on alternatives of K2 incense, a synthetic marijuana.One day after the Chillicothe Police Department discovered more than 500 grams of what appeared to be the K2 substance at a local convenience store on Tuesday, the Rock Port Police Department discovered more than 15,000 grams of a possible K2 substance at Dominator Fuels Truck Stop, 1306 U.S. Highway 136. Both departments agreed that the popularity of K2 is a problem and deserves federal attention.“This is kind of an epidemic right now that seems to be catching on,” said Chillicothe police Capt. Tony Kirkendoll. “We are really hoping other jurisdictions step up and try to end this ‘legal drug.’”

 

City close to banning marijuana-like products

The Daily News

k2 incense, blaze, midnight chill
k2 incense, blaze, midnight chill examples

Published March 14, 2011 FRIENDSWOOD — The city of Friendswood might soon join other cities in Galveston County in banning products that advertise a marijuana-like high when smoked.

The city council on Feb. 28 unanimously approved an initial vote to outlaw products marketed as incense or potpourri made of plant material doused in synthetic chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Brands include K2 incense, Spice, Blonde, Summit, Standard and Citron, which are sold for up to $50 a package at smoke shops and convenience stores. A final vote on the law is scheduled for March 21.

Opposition swells to synthetic drugs

The availability and possible dangers of synthetic drugs have hit home in the south metro area.

On the heels of a federal crackdown and the introduction of a bill in the state Legislature, Littleton officials are joining the effort to stop sales of the products.

Any business within the city caught selling synthetic marijuana, often known as Spice or K2 incense, will risk losing its sales tax license.

Incense or drug?

McALLEN — As soon as the first cloud of smoke leaves the lungs, the body starts to relax. Muscles begin to loosen and the heart rate speeds up.

For most users, it feels like taking a drag from a joint, but the high doesn’t come from pot. It comes from incense — or at least that’s what the manufacturers claim it is.

Spice, K2, Blaze and Hypnospice are among some of the products that are being used as a form of synthetic marijuana and are sold at smoke shops throughout the country. The leafy mix is reportedly coated with at least five different chemicals that produce a high when smoked. And although labeled as “not for human consumption,” many people abusing the mix, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

County attorney warns of ‘Spice’ dangers

FLORENCE — Pinal County Attorney James Walsh is putting the word out that synthetic marijuana chemicals found in products commonly known as “Spice” are now illegal in Arizona with the passage of HB 2167.

The chemicals are coated on plant material, then packaged and sold under brand names such as Spice, K2 incense, Skunk, Black Mamba, Red X and others. The product is labeled incense, but users typically smoke it like marijuana.

Ban Synthetic Drugs, Lawmakers Say

Synthetic drugs and hallucinogenic plants shouldn’t stand a chance in Texas, lawmakers on the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee said today, as they considered a set of bills that would ban the substances.

Five of the bills deal with synthetic marijuana, which is currently available at stores under brand names like K2 incense, Spice or Ice. These products are typically labeled as incense but are sprayed with a chemical compound similar to THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Cultivating Real Profits from Fake Weed

Derek Williams was working as a trash-truck driver when his cousin told him about K2 incense, a product made from plant materials and chemicals that provided a legal, marijuana-like high. Williams saw his ticket out of the rubbish business: Make a better blend. He studied compounds that mimic the effects of pot, and soon after created his own brand, Syn Incense, in his home in Kansas City, Mo. Williams, 29, says his startup, KC Incense, has sold more than $1.5 million worth of the stuff in at least 10 states in less than a year. He says that marketing the product as incense allows him to avoid federal regulations, though he says he knows most customers smoke it.

Iowa Family Pushes For National K2 incense Ban

INDIANOLA, Iowa — An Indianola family was a driving force behind the Iowa Pharmacy Board’s decision to ban K2 in July. Friday, they said they are turning their attention to getting a national ban in place.David Rozga died a week after he graduated from high school. The Rozga family said they are now one step closer to ensuring that no one else dies the way their son did.“We were very honored that they asked to name that legislation after David,” said Mike Rozga, David’s father.It’s been nine months since Mike Rozga said David took his life after a K2 incense induced panic attack.

Owner of shop says it’s legal

SCRANTON – One of the eight Scranton business owners identified as a retailer of the bath salts and incense abused as synthetic methamphetamine and marijuana says he has no intention of removing them from his store until they’re deemed illegal.

JayBee’s Kingdom owner, Pat, who refused several requests to provide his last name during an interview Friday, said he has complied with orders from the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States Department of Justice to remove products including “K2 incense” and “spice” that contain one of five cannabinoid compounds used to create synthetic drugs.

 

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k2 incense, Spice 99

LAWRENCEBURG, IN (FOX19) – The selling of synthetic marijuana is now against Dearborn County ordinance.

Dearborn County Commissioners passed a ban in February on the sale of packages marked Spice, K2 incense, Mr. Nice Guy, Voodoo and others. The product is marketed as incense, but can give users a marijuana-like high when smoked. It can be purchased as gas stations and convenience stores.

The ordinance went into effect on March 15. Anyone caught selling the product could face a fine.

Judge To Decide Future of Smoking Pipes Ordinance

CORPUS CHRISTI — It’s been the center of controversy for weeks and today the fight over a ban of smoking pipes in local stores made it’s way to the courtroom.

Here’s a look at the fact’s first…council approved the city ordinance back on February 8th.

It bans the sale and purchase of smokable incense like K2 incense along with all smoking devices.

Those devices include pipes, bongs, and other items that could be used to smoke an illegal substance.

Local businesses that sold the products were asked to get rid of their remaining merchandise.

K2 Banned in Virginia

Anyone in Virginia caught possessing, using or making synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, is now officially breaking the law.

Gov. Bob McDonnell signed two bills banning the synthetic drugs on Wednesday. The ban takes effect immediately.

Synthetic marijuana is a mix of herbs, spices and chemicals that mimics the effects of marijuana. The drug is commonly marketed as incense or aroma therapy but is often used to get high.

Last October, NBC Washington’s Jane Watrel spoke to Leesburg police, who said a teenager had recently overdosed on the drug.



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