A popular synthetic form of marijuana will go up in smoke by month’s end, as the Drug Enforcement Administration is imposing a yearlong ban.
Sold as incense in smoke shops, the Internet, and convenience stores under the names “Spice” and “K2” for up to $75, the man-made marijuana has been upgraded to a Schedule I substance and will be taken off shelves across the country by December 24. The ban will give the agency the opportunity to study the chemicals in the product and develop measures to control the substance. Other Schedule I substances include marijuana, heroin, and LSD.
The product has become very popular across the country for its marijuana-like high without the legal ramifications of smoking it. But after several users were hospitalized for poisoning, lawmakers called on the agency to take action.
Fifteen states, including Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Missouri, have already made smoking synthetic marijuana illegal.