Missouri Bans Synthetic Marijuana K2!
Missouri became the eighth state in the country to ban possession of a substance called K2 – described as synthetic marijuana.
According to a report on The New York Times, a bill that prohibited the possession of K2 in the state was signed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday. The feature mentioned how K2 has caused ER visits among its users around the country due to symptoms that include elevated heart rates, paranoia, vomiting and hallucinations.
Missouri follows in the heels of Arkansas, whose Governor, Mike Beebe, who signed and emergency order that banned the substance this month. There are other similar prohibitions that are pending in other states according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. This includes Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.
Stare representative Ward Franz, who sponsored the legislation in Missouri, shared: “It’s like a tidal wave… It’s almost an epidemic. We’re seeing middle-school kids walking into stores and buying it.”
It is often marketed as incense, but young people use it to “get high” legally. Albert Kuo, a 25-year old art student at an area college, shared: “I know it’s not going to kill me. It’s a waste of time, effort and money to ban something like this.”
Kuo, along with a small group of friends, marked the eve of the prohibition in Missouri by gathering at a hookah lounge in the Tower Grove district, smoking K2 for what may be the last time they will be able to do so legally, through a marbleized gas pipe.
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