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Bill to ban synthetic marijuana passes North Carolina Senate Thursday

As we've discussed previously on our blog ("DEA: No More 'Fake Pot'" 12/9/10), synthetic marijuana is becoming increasingly popular in North Carolina and throughout the country. The substance is currently sold legally in many convenience stores, gas stations and smoke shops. When smoked, it produces a high similar to pot. A bill aimed at banning synthetic marijuana as well as a bill seeking to ban the often abused plant food substance mephedrone made it through North Carolina's Senate yesterday. Each bill will now proceed to be voted on in the House.

Senate Bill 9, the bill focused on synthetic marijuana, was passed unanimously in the Senate by a vote of 50-0. The bill seeks to create penalties specific to the possession or sale of said substance. If passed by the House, the bill could become effective as soon as April 1. Simple drug possession would be an automatic misdemeanor, whereas the possession of a substantial amount of synthetic pot or trafficking of the substance would be considered a Class 1 felony. If the mephedrone bill - Senate Bill 7 - is passed in the house, it could go into effect as soon as December 1.

Often sold under monikers such as K2 and Spice, the mixture of herbs and spices is actually quite different from weed. The herbal elements of synthetic marijuana would produce little, if no effect if not for the fact that they are sprayed with chemicals that partially replicate the psychoactive effect of THC.

Co-sponsor of Senate Bill 9, Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham, expressed to the news media the level of urgency for such a bill. "It's impacting young people throughout our state in a very profound and significant way."

Source: WRAL.com "NC Senate OKs synthetic pot ban" 2/11/11

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"currently sold legally in many convenience stores, gas stations and smoke shops"

The fact that so many retailers are attempting to sell synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia is the reason why every State in the country is looking at legislating these issues. According to my contacts, the Justice Department is only not acting on legislators concerns of the growing availability of drug paraphernalia products due to their being "no mandate" issued by the President. The next President in office almost sure to be a Republican will be repeating Bush's war on head shops. While working with Florida State on their new laws concerning drug paraphernalia I was informed that U.S. Customs in Florida is prepared at any time to launch a nationwide crack down on the entire industry and has in their possession names of key companies and players mostly in California and Arizona. All they require is a favorable administration.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes that patients should have safe access to therapeutic marijuana. And to think cannabis or marijuana has already been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be capable in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.

I am deeply concerned about the buying and selling of synthetic marajuana to young people as well as older people I know of some people right now that have a real bad problem with this stuff and it's almost splitting their family apart please , please get this garbage off our streets sincerely greg mullinax

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