A bill was passed by the Iowa House to make new versions of synthetic marijuana illegal. The bill classifies additional synthetic substances also known as “K2,” to the list of illegal drugs.
This isn’t the first time the synthetic pot has been voted to be illegal. Last year the Legislature passed a law making several chemicals used to make K2 and “bath salts” illegal but manufacturers keep altering the composition with different chemicals to stay ahead of state bans.
In the last year, Iowa hospitals reported 29 emergency room cases involving synthetic drugs. Several incidents involving Des Moines high school students have been reported the past few weeks. It has been becoming a major concern across the U.S. this last year, especially among teens, and many other states are working on banning it. If marijuana was made legal, maybe it would put a damper on fake pot?
In December state officials issued a safety alert about synthetic drugs that mimic pot, cocaine and other illegal drugs urging parents to talk with their children about the dangers of using fake, chemically infested drugs.