NC Senate OKs synthetic pot ban

Posted February 10, 2011
Updated October 5, 2011

— The state Senate on Thursday approved two bills that would ban synthetic marijuana as well as a substance sold as plant food that’s often used as a recreational drug.

Both pieces of proposed legislation now go to the state House.

In a brief session, lawmakers voted 50-0 in favor of Senate Bill 9, which would impose penalties against anyone possessing or selling so-called fake marijuana.

The substance, legally sold in convenience stores and gas stations under brand names such as Spice and K2, is a mix of herbs and spices that are sprayed with a chemical compound similar to the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

“This is a bill that’s desperately needed,” said Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham, a co-sponsor of the bill. “It’s impacting young people throughout our state in a very profound and significant way.”

If passed, the bill would become effective April 1 and make it a misdemeanor for simple possession of the substance and a Class 1 felony for possessing substantial quantities or trafficking.

In a related bill, the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 7, which would ban mephedrone, a substance found in plant food and bath salts that’s used as a recreational drug in the nightclub scene because of its hallucinogenic effects.

If passed, it would go into effect Dec. 1.


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  • steve6183 Feb 11, 2011

    if pot were legalized and properly regulated we wouldn't have problems like k2... its so bad for you and people are actually still smoking it.

  • wewoods Feb 11, 2011

    They'll be more "fake" stuff brought to market. People will always find ways to get high, it will just be stuff that gets more and more dangerous and harmful...

  • 6079 SMITH W Feb 10, 2011

    Yeah! Let's refine those tests so we can detect this stuff....Hey! I know! Somebody could make millions just by nailing the contract for testing folks for phoney ganja.....they'd need to first make it illegal, of course....no need to test folks for stuff that ain't breakin' the law.....................? ;)

  • akevingoodman1 Feb 10, 2011

    Transportation workers, state and local employees including police and fire/rescue must undergo random drug tests as well as criminals that are on probation. Fake pot is made with research chemicals. Two of those chemicals can be detected with a newer drug test. Those chemicals are JWH-018 and JWH-073. The JWH series runs from JWH-001 thru JWH-412. Opinions very about why fake pot suppliers selected JWH-018 and JWH-073 to use in their products. The emerging consensus is that those were the easiest to make. The drug test for those two substances is about $50. As demand rises for the JWH chemicals that don’t show on a drug test; it is likely supplier’s will provided them. Because there are 412 types of the JWH-XXX chemicals available for the suppliers to use it would follow that the random drug testing would eventually require a test that checks for all of those chemicals. The problem with conducting that kind of testing quickly becomes evident: the cost. Solutions for this problem m

  • davidgnews Feb 10, 2011

    Thanks GOP for preaching personal responsibility then legislating it away once more like the Dems to the Nanny State.

    With the budget crisis going on you'd think they'd have more important work to do.

    The April Fools are working on Jones St. Moronic voters is right, iworkandpaytaxes.

  • anewday23 Feb 10, 2011

    Have we not learned from prohibition in the past?? Banning k2 incense isn't going to stop people from using it. If people want to buy k2 smoke, there are endless places like, http://www.k2incense.org that offer k2 herb products that aren't restricted under any current bans. I think we all need to take on some personal responsibility and stop allowing our government to pass all these oppressive and futile laws.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Feb 10, 2011

    The DEA tried to place JWH-018 and the other synthetic cannabinoids in Spice, etc. into emergency schedule 1 in December, but a federal judge blocked because the products have greater than $100 M in sales. Great to see the NC GA working to boost the economy, jobs, and tax revenue. And to everyone bashing the GOP, note that the bill passed 50 to 0, indicating demon-crats unanimously voted to ban these products as well.
    February 10, 2011 3:14 p.m.
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    Thanks for admitting the GOP is no better than the DEMS. Point Ive been trying to make forEVER. Sheep like you think one is better. Its hiolarious until these stories come out. Then its "the DEMS did it too". Freakin moranic voters!!!

  • iworkandpaytaxes Feb 10, 2011

    Thanks GOP for holding my hand through life. How would I ever make it without you? K2 was ruining my life. Who cares about my neighbor with no job, lets worry about the .002% of the population that smokes K2. Who voted for these jokes?

  • whatelseisnew Feb 10, 2011

    Seems to me they could just turn it all over to the Public Schools. They like drugging the kids.

  • godnessgracious Feb 10, 2011

    The point I was initially making, which you obviously missed, though, was that the effects of drug use are studied by independent scientists and not always made up by the government. Don't get distracted by your own red herrings next time.

    I'm trying to tell you that the gov't does not allow independent scientists to carry out experiments using the drugs. All these so called scientific studies about the effects of marijuana do not have the ability to use the substance in question in their test method. You can study people that use it, but thats more a social study and not really scientific. I would be happy to see more research, but the gov't does not currently allow it. This is different than the saying the gov't does not fund it. That would be fine, but what they have done is blocked the ability for any scientist to really study the plant's effects. If you want me to give more credence to the studies you talk about I will need a link, and not to a journalist's interpretation, I wan