Police Concerned About Synthetic Cannabis

CHICAGO (STMW) – A synthetic cannabislike product being sold at some local tobacco and drug paraphernalia stores and online will become illegal to sell, possess or manufacture Jan. 1 in Illinois, but some local law enforcement agencies want the public to know now that this is not something to mess with.

Sold as K2, spice, blaze and Red X Dawn, and also known as “fake weed,” the drug is a mixture of herbs and spices laced with a laboratory-manufactured synthetic THC derivative. It is usually sold as incense, but users smoke it to get high.

“It’s marked ‘not for human consumption and its effects are like marijuana,’” said Sgt. Jeffrey Cole of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department. “Anytime an individual is impaired by any kind of substance, it concerns us.”

Cole said the long-term effects of the drug are not known, since it is new and is a lab-created chemical not derived from a natural plant source.

According to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reports, smoking K2 can cause agitation, rapid heart beat, vomiting, elevated blood pressure, seizures, intense hallucinations, psychotic episodes, dependence and withdrawal.

K2 is already banned in 15 states and by the U.S. military.

On Nov. 24, the DEA announced its intentions to use the Controlled Substances Act to temporarily control five of the chemicals used to make K2. That measure would make possessing and selling the substance illegal in the U.S. for at least a year while studies are conducted.

The DEA reports that most K2 users are in their teens or early 20s. Cole said parents need to be aware of the drug.

“The key is to educate parents to know what to look for,” he said. “They need to know what it looks like and what its effects are.”

K2 is typically sold in small, silvery plastic bags that look like they contain dried leaves similar to potpourri. It is often marketed as incense that can be smoked. It is usually smoked in joints or pipes, bus some users make it into a tea.

Cole said Grundy County deputies will likely receive field testing kits to use when the Illinois ban goes into effect Jan. 1.

Also on that date, those caught driving under the influence of the drug can be charged with DUI. Just like with any other illegal drug, a blood or urine sample can be taken at the hospital, Cole said, sent to the state police crime lab for analysis, and used against the violator in court.

More information about K2, visit http://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com.

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  • jamesr

    “Cole said the long-term effects of the drug are not known, since it is new and is a lab-created chemical not derived from a natural plant source.”

    this sentence means absolutely nothing, as being either lab-created or being from a “natural source” has nothing to do with understanding it; indeed if this was so then pot itself would be understood, instead of consistently denied funding for any research regardless of it extremely well accepted, natural, benefits.

    To wit, “God is perfect, but Man is not. Man made beer… but God made Pot.”

  • bwilson27

    God forbid anyone feel anything but anger, rage and frustration these days.

  • jamesr


    True, and, of course not only will otherwise “keep-the-government-out-of-our-private-lives” republicans (or other out-of-date and out-of-touch propagandists) dictate which feelings are “natural” and not, but don’t mind simultaneously declaring that something as mind-altering as exposure to religion at a young age could never be considered impairing, mind-altering, damaging, or irresponsible. The double standard is sickening.

  • Ken Lord

    Oh noes, the kids like it, clearly we must ban it! Seriously, why is it always the “conservatives” who feel the need to ban everything and get the police up in everyone’s business to the point of controlling what they put in their bodies. Next thing you know, they’ll want to ban bacon.

  • Doctorknowitall

    Some news group really needs to do an in depth story about K2 because it is NOT a synthetic form of marijuana. It is a combination of drug compounds that mimic the effect of cannabinoids such as THC. Synthetic Marijuana has been and is manufactured under the pharmacological name Marinol. Will someone please tell the people reporting on this,they need to do their homework and get the story straight!

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