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"Synthetic marijuana"

K2 is a mixture of herbal and spice plant products sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug and likely contaminated with an unknown toxic substance that is causing many adverse effects. These toxic chemicals are neither natural nor safe. Symptoms such as extremely fast heart rate, dangerously elevated blood pressure, pale skin and vomiting suggest that K2 is affecting the cardiovascular system of users. It also is believed to affect the central nervous system, causing severe, potentially life-threatening hallucinations and, in some cases, seizures.Spice Gold

This "legal marijuana," which has been sold since 2006 as incense or potpourri, sells for approximately $20 to $60 per three gram bag which is comparable in cost to marijuana. It is readily available in many communities and is also sold over the internet.

Several states have passed laws or are considering legislation to make it illegal. The Navy, Army and Marine Corps have issuing an order prohitibing the actual or attempted possession, use, sale, distribution or manufacture of the substance, and Fort Bragg and at least nine other military installations across the country have informed soldiers they will face punishment for using or possessing K2.

Union County Public Schools also has policy that covers this and other substances. Please see Board of Education Policy for Student Discipline, 4-3(a)#8a (elementary school) and 4-3(b)#9e (middle and high school).

Check out the links below for coverage on this substance in both local and national news:

5 Risky Things Kids Do - Good Morning America, November 17, 2010
"The Spice high" - The Enquirer-Journal, November 4-6, 2010
"The trouble with Spice" - The Union County Weekly, October 29, 2010
"College crowd smokes "Spice" that imitates pot" - The Charlotte Observer, August 29, 2010
"ER visits for synthetic marijuana on the rise" - Join Together, August 27, 2010

Written by: Lisa Callaham
Posted: Nov 18, 2010 by Lisa Callaham

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