August 27, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - An obscure but easily accessible substance that mimics the effects of marijuana has caught the attention of Midwest law enforcement.
Drug users are buying a product known as "K2" - a mix of herbs and spices that is sprayed with a synthetic compound similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Users roll it up in joints or inhale it from pipes, just like the real thing.
The substance is sold online and in many U.S. head shops. K2's key ingredients aren'tregulated in the U.S. - prompting lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas to propose bills that would equate use of the drug with marijuana. A bill in Missouri would make possession a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
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