Senate scores ban on synthetic marijuana

Leading a charge that could become a nationwide movement, the Georgia Senate on Wednesday unanimously voted to ban the use and sale of synthetic marijuana.

Known commonly as K2 or Spice, the product was recently banned in by lawmakers in Kansas and the town council of St. Charles, Missouri recently passed emergency legislation banning its sale.

If approved by the Georgia House of Representative, the bill, SB 498, would make the sale of K2 illegal. It would be add to the Schedule 1 list of Georgia ’s controlled substances along with heroin and meth.

Use or sale of drugs on that list carries the most severe penalties. The product is currently legal and widely available in Georgia.

“Georgia citizens need to be protected from products that may cause irreversible harm to their bodies,” said the bill’s key sponsor Sen. Ed Harbison of Columbus.  “Teens assume these drugs are harmless because they are so easily accessible. These drugs, however, are so dangerous it’s sending our young people to the emergency room.”

Harbison said he was motivated to draft the K2 legislation after hearing about a group of Atlanta area teens that were hospitalized after using it.

K2 is an herbal smoking blend made of herbs and spices sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids, the compound found in marijuana. The synthetics mimic the effects of marijuana and can be consumed in similar ways.

“These drugs are not harmless recreational substances, but actually potent concoctions of harmful materials that can cause a variety of problems,” Harbison said. “The manufacturers for these products do not put the ingredients on packaging, and do not have to follow any type of regulated standards.”

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OBM

March 25th, 2010
5:32 pm

count_schemula

March 25th, 2010
5:34 pm

OMB is on K2.

Pop ROCKS

March 25th, 2010
5:39 pm

let me go stock up!

One-time user

March 25th, 2010
5:43 pm

If they are using the same type of material to spray on this stuff that is in MJ, then it SHOULD be banned…however, it should be the same schedule as MJ…not higher. I don’t know how they could sell it in the first place. I stopped using the “real thing” as it was destroying my lungs. It’s worse than tobacco.

Arlo

March 25th, 2010
5:44 pm

Are they planning on banning non-alchoholic beer & electronic cigarettes too?

NotSurprised

March 25th, 2010
5:46 pm

Thanks for solving this before the budget crisis. We appreciate you protecting us from ourselves. Good work.

Cheech & Chong

March 25th, 2010
5:58 pm

I guess we can move to California…They are about to vote whether to legalize marijuana for personal consumption…With a nice tax attached, of course…

watson

March 25th, 2010
5:59 pm

I love how “small government” conservatives are fine criminalizing our children, and wasting resources (police, jails, lost tax revenue, etc.) with stupid crap like this.

Richard J Bishop

March 25th, 2010
6:05 pm

Why not just tax it along with marijuana use. Budget problems could be solved. Please quit wasting the taxpayers money for stupid stuff like this one. Quite locking up people who smoke a little to catch a buzz (just like drinking a couple glasses of wine – to get a buzz) and focus on the 100,000 child molester running around un accounted for in our country. Protect the children first!!!

Rational Citizen

March 25th, 2010
6:08 pm

It was announced today that California voters will head to the ballots in November to decide whether to become the first state to legalize the sale and distribution of marijuana for recreational use. WHEN this measure passed (current polls have a comfortable majority of voters favoring the initiative) people across the country are going to look at CA as a model of what is possible and will quickly move to enact similar legislation.

The legalization, regulation and TAXATION of marijuana will not only save the state and its local governments hundreds of millions of dollars from not having to arrest, prosecute and house offenders, but it will bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in revenues as law-abiding citizens start paying sales taxes on a product that is currently enriching Mexican drug cartels. Legitimate business will open, and with them will come well-paying jobs and a flood of tourism money.

Wake up Georgians!!!! Millions of responsible adults already use marijuana in this country. Marijuana is far less harmful to the individual who chooses to use it and to society in general than alcohol, and causes far fewer problems than tobacco. Very few people have ever seen what society would look like with legal marijuana, but we’re all about to find out.

If you want to create jobs in America and cripple the cartels then you should be embracing the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana.

common sense police

March 25th, 2010
6:10 pm

Once again, a waste of our money. If the stories of people being hurt by K2 aren’t outright lies you’ve got to ask yourselves, why would anyone smoke K2? The answer is painfully obvious, because the real thing, though harmless, was outlawed by the government for racist and selfish reasons. What, no more slaves to work for free????? Guess we need to find a way to provide free labor through our prison system! Them darkies and mexicans and entertainers smoke the stuff and we all know how worthless THEY are.

a.dylan thomas

March 25th, 2010
6:17 pm

Georgia citizens need to be protected from products that may cause irreversible harm to their bodies,” said the bill’s key sponsor Sen. Ed Harbison of Columbus. “Teens assume these drugs are harmless because they are so easily accessible. These drugs, however, are so dangerous it’s sending our young people to the emergency room.

I love how senators can decide a chemicals harmful effects on the body before a comprehensive study has been done.this is a typical case of government overreaction to a news story. everyday thousands of people are hospitalized or killed by alcohol related illnesses yet they arent trying to ban that.This is supposedly a “free” country yet the citizens are not trusted to make decisions for themselves instead its left up to politicians with no medical knowledge.

BUCKMASTER

March 25th, 2010
6:37 pm

Please BIG BROTHER save us from ourselves, tell us what to do, what to eat, where to live, when to go to work, what to smoke, sounds familiar ehhh…. Its called Socialisim…….

Skreet

March 25th, 2010
6:56 pm

I bought some of it on amazon.com and it does not work. Waste of money. As for the legislature, I wish they would work as quickly on potholes.

Pimpin Ken

March 25th, 2010
6:59 pm

Ban cigarettes and alcohol. The two of them together has killed more people than synthetic pot. Oh I forgot, the tobacco and alcohol lobbyist have you in their back pocket. Can’t get elected without money from them.

Tater Tot

March 25th, 2010
7:03 pm

Georgia is such a backwards state. Glad i left there 11 years ago after having grown up in all that foolishness

Keith

March 25th, 2010
7:05 pm

Legalize pot and no one will want this fake stuff

DawgFan24

March 25th, 2010
7:08 pm

Bunch of Homers in office. Remember this when election time comes around, and elect officials who have a REAL agenda!

Zombie Voter

March 25th, 2010
7:29 pm

Harbison tough on drugs, think of the children, men will get married to trees and women live in bee hives, kill’em all in God’s glass parking lot, party before country, permanent scrap metal majority, drill baby drill with a wide stance, pray for rain to go fish, time management for ghetto grandmothers… zombie has no brain, zombie eat all brains, turn everyone into brainless zombie voter!

Mark

March 25th, 2010
7:32 pm

Really? THIS is a priority? Can someone please explain to me why a state like Georgia has not even explored the idea of medical marijuana when that is clearly the direction we are going (and further in the case of California, as someone pointed out)? This makes no sense. What a F*&$ing joke.

Joe

March 25th, 2010
7:57 pm

What a waste of time and money.

count_schemula

March 25th, 2010
8:16 pm

New tourism slogan: Georgia, where it’s always 1953.

twisted fatty

March 25th, 2010
8:54 pm

is this doodie for real? when is the last time anyone went to work with a “hangover” from buzzn’ with maryjane the night before? i mean come on politicos! wake up and smell the weed! we as a society must not allow idiots to legislate incompetence! what’s next… Playboy magazine?

vuduchld

March 25th, 2010
9:36 pm

Hey, if idiots can go to bars, funerals and kiddie day care centers with guns, why can’t I, a law abiding citizen buy synthetic weed. This is another example of the silly stupidity of the right wing monkeys leading your near broke state goverment. Like I have said time and again, you folks love putting the dumb and clueless in office. I guess it’s because you can whine and belly ache about being broke and last in everything except gun running. I have a right to smoke synthetic weed, it’s in the constitution you dumbasses!!!!

Kaylina

March 26th, 2010
3:03 am

So yes making MJ legal would give us more money but hello one of the side effects is LAZYNESS … oh yeah and the fact many people who smoke weed are unmotivated and probably won’t get a job when this economy picks up, so why make it legal when its not going to help, keep putting people who decided to smoke in jail for distributing to kids and selling weed.

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Atlantarama

March 26th, 2010
7:40 am

Legalize marijuana and tax the hell out of it.

Price

March 26th, 2010
7:42 am

Maybe it’ll work as well as the ban on the real thing…oops that didn’t work did it…I guess they just created a new profit center for K2 with the non-tax paying mob that doesn’t ID your kids…Great work. You’re so out of touch with reality that I can’t wait to November…

Michael

March 26th, 2010
8:05 am

Why haven’t they banned bleach or paint thinner? I’m sure ingesting either of those wouldn’t be too pleasant. Why isn’t the state protecting us from those things??? While you’re at it, I’m pretty sure anti-freeze isn’t very safe to drink either, but it does give you a good buzz right before you die.

A Realist

March 26th, 2010
8:07 am

Is this all our legislature has to work on……? Seems to me the ObamaCare Bill will cause even greater damage to our bodies…..why aren’t they working on that? Throw all the bums out and let’s start over :)

California

March 26th, 2010
8:37 am

I wouldn’t dare inhale this fake chemical stuff.

To One-time_user, just get a vaporizer or use it to cook.

GA Legislator

March 26th, 2010
8:39 am

“Is this all our legislature has to work on……? ”

No, no, no. We have lots of pressing issues. For example, did you know that just last month we passed a bill to make it illegal for you to be forced to have microchips under your skin. So, crisis averted on that one, huh?

Todd

March 26th, 2010
10:19 am

Appartently our paternalistic legislators have solved all other problems in Georgia and they can once again tell us how to live.

Thanks!

need some

March 26th, 2010
10:45 am

Where can you buy this in ATL?

lmno

March 26th, 2010
11:01 am

@need some, why would you buy this stuff?

Thats like buying fake tea. The real stuff is ubiquitous.

Mad.Hatter

March 26th, 2010
11:59 am

Thats the good thing about younger generations taking over. We are more open minded. Older generations are set in their ways. I honestly think that cali legalizing marijuana will be a milestone in our countries history, because it very well could be a stepping stone in turning our economy around. I personally have smoked spice, and I will say that is makes you cough your lungs out and is far more expensive that marijuana. You see how spice sold now lets legalize the real thing and let our government profit.

Smokey Joe

March 26th, 2010
12:49 pm

I started smoking this “synthetic” stuff about 3 years ago, as I love weed, but I don’t like to break the LAW- IE prohibition of weed drove me to a substitute
The ONLY reason this is being made illegal is the recent sensationalism over a few isolated cases of some kids freaking out.

If they are so scared of this unknown pot substitute, then legalize weed! Its proven safe by thousands of years of use around the world by millions upon millions of people!
If people can have the real thing, they wont buy the mystery stuff.

jay

March 27th, 2010
6:37 am

lol i realy think the government is a big joke they make natural harmless marijuana elegal but its ok to drink alcohol even thow alchohol has worse effects on your body. But the funniest thing is that the government will just never get that people will have to resort to more harmfull drugs to stay out of trouble and i blame all the hospitalizations of spice on are congress because if marijuana was legal for midicinal use only there would be nobody in the hospital because they where forced to resort to spice.

In my eyes there is no other truth

Eric Mabry

March 28th, 2010
10:14 am

“Georgia citizens need to be protected from products that may cause irreversible harm to their bodies.”.

How about protecting our right to make our own decisions regarding our bodies?

Derek

March 29th, 2010
10:32 am

@ Eric: “How about protecting our right to make our own decisions regarding our bodies?”

You gave up that right when the HealthCare Bill was passed…

PUnk

March 29th, 2010
11:39 am

is this all synthetic marijuana products.. such as serentiy now or black magic..? if so then this is CRAP!

Tom Degan

April 1st, 2010
7:14 am

Nearly three-quarters-of-a-century after it was made illegal; half-a-century after it was proven to be practically harmless – why is it still a crime to possess and smoke marijuana?

Here is a list of ten famous people who died as a result of nicotine abuse:

Humphrey Bogart
Edward R. Murrow
Nat King Cole
George Harrison
John Huston
Noel Coward
Betty Grable
Walt Disney
Gary Cooper
Peter Jennings

Here is another list. Ten famous people who died from alcoholism:

Billie Holiday
Jack Kerouac
Truman Capote
Lorenz Hart
Veronica Lake
Bix Beiderbecke
Montgomery Clift
Dylan Thomas
John Barrymore
Errol Flynn

Now I’m going to ask you to name for me one celebrity who has died from too much grass.

Go on, I’m waiting….

Couldn’t do it, could you? Don’t feel bad. Neither could I. Not only am I not aware of anyone ever dying in that manner, I am not aware of it happening in all recorded human history. If someone can come up with one example I’ll shut up forever on the subject. Is it a “gateway drug” as they never tire of reminding us? An argument may be made that it is. But so is Pabst Blue Ribbon. Also, ciggies and booze have absolutely no medicinal value. Marijuana has. Think about it.

Do I advocate its use? I don’t. I haven’t smoked pot in over twenty years and have no intention to take up the habit again any time soon. But at the dawn of the second decade of the twenty-first century the question is screaming to be asked: Why are we still having this stupid conversation?

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Hugh

April 4th, 2010
9:12 pm

Listen up people! … This isn’t about pot smokers, and getting high ! This is a type of terrorist attack !!.. It’s not pot!!.. It’s not cigarettes!!.. The consuming of K2, spice, or any of it’s type is horrible murder!!!!…. Don’t try it even once for any reason !! It’s Darwin suicide!!. Stick to pot, and beer!!!

McDaddy

April 5th, 2010
1:05 pm

I’m experienced with the effects JWH-018…The stuff over ran Europe within six months. It is currently banned in most countries within the European Union. The reasons why it was banned are similar to the physical symptoms that Senator Harbison mentioned…I can add heart palpitations, hallucinations, disorientation. JWH-018 is detectable detectable in the urine if you run the proper testing protocols. The stuff has only been tested on lab rats. Long term effects on humans is unknown.

Jeff

April 6th, 2010
11:02 pm

I guess the reports who sensationalize the K2 stories and then the politicians trying to make a name for themselves think the cops in GA have arrested all the meth, crack, heroin, ecstasy, marijuana, and PCP dealers in GA, so the needed something else to do.

Put the murders, rapes, child molesters, burglars, robbers, gang bangers, and dog fighting rings have all been busted!

ExFundy

April 7th, 2010
1:58 pm

This means more college students and other adults will be arrested. Period. It’s not going to stop anyone who wants it. Just like every other Prohibition we have had. It has always failed and always ruined the lives of millions of Americans. But who cares, after all we’re a “christian” nation.

Did everyone have a nice Easter celebration? I just love the story of how zombie jesus came back from the dead, crawled out of the tomb and now seeks to take the soul of everyone. Oh No! it’s zombie jesus!

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April 15th, 2010
4:49 am

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Brian Cape

April 20th, 2010
11:22 pm

Our government sucks! And that goes all the way to the top. They spend tax money after tax money trying to make us believe how much we need them and how concerned they are. They, in fact, are the reason we are where we are and they want it that way. They complain and complain and bring up issue after issue, only they are the reason why things are the way they are. They never fix any issues, they only create them! Alcohol and tobacco are a thousand times more harmful to us than marijuana is, yet alcohol and tobacco are both still legal. Can you say, “Lobbyist!” Clinton says, ” I never inhaled” and “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” only he did and he did and he is treated like a saint. He is now being considered for one of the Supreme Court Justice positions. What is wrong with our country?

Mark Miller

April 26th, 2010
10:48 pm

They better ban bannana peels, nutmeg, gasoline, glue, butane, and reddie whip to “PROTECT” us as well for these items also produce a “HIGH”.

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June 14th, 2010
6:41 pm

Legalize marijuana and tax the hell out of it.

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7:41 pm

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