Originally published here: http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=87991
Officials: ‘Synthetic Marijuana’ Easy to Obtain in W.Va.
Posted Thursday, October 21, 2010 ; 06:00 AM
Updated Thursday, October 21, 2010; 01:36 PM
Synthetic cannabinoids are a potpourri-like substance that can be purchased at gas stations, tobacco stores and other retailers.
By Michael Hupp
It’s known on the street as Serenity, K2 and The Greenhouse Effect, but concerned officials know it as trouble.The newest mood-altering trend — essentially synthetic marijuana — originated at Clemson University, where researchers developed synthetic cannabinoids for therapeutic use. Cannabinoids are mixed in with other herbs to create a potpourri-like substance that is then packaged and sold as incense. It is clearly marked on packages as not for human consumption, but some people are smoking it like marijuana.
Users have said the effect is similar to conventional marijuana, but more potent and not as long lasting. It can be purchased from gas stations, tobacco stores and “head shops” and is legal in West Virginia. It is also appealing to users because it is not detectable in standard drug tests while giving the same effect as conventional marijuana.
“DES MOINES, Iowa –The Iowa Pharmacy Board voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend the Legislature legalize marijuana for medical use in Iowa. In a 6-0 vote Wednesday, the board also called for lawmakers to change the classification of marijuana to a Schedule II drug. Such drugs have the potential for abuse but also have accepted medical uses. The board’s action makes it the first in the nation to take such a stance on marijuana. There are now 14 states in which medical marijuana is legal.The board originally rejected the idea out of hand, but a judge ordered the board to take a closer look…”
“If you’re going to change the policy, you have to reach out to people who will be affected.”
Wilson said the smoking task force will meet next March 4.
“I expect that we’re going to have another presentation by some individuals that will further clarify some of the issues we’re trying to talk about,” Wilson said.
The task force hopes to have focus groups to gather student and faculty input but is unsure when this will happen, Wilson said.
“It’s clear that we’re in the early stages, so we’re probably going to have a few more of these kinds of sessions,” he said.”
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