Stores Still Selling K2

UPDATED: Monday December 6, 2010 6:05 PM

Some stores are still selling the highly-addictive substance K2, despite it soon being illegal.

The substance, which is essentially synthetic marijuana, will officially be illegal later this month, 10TV's Danielle Elias reported on Saturday.

Elias spoke with employees at several local shops that still carry it and found everyone is aware of the late December enforcement.

The Drug Enforcement Agency considers K2 highly addictive and without medicinal value and now classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug, which is on par with heroin, Elias reported.

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien called K2 dangerous.

"It has caused some deaths in some parts of the country," O'Brien said.

O'Brien described K2 as an herb sprayed with chemicals to simulate the effect of marijuana when smoked.

"Those mixtures were declared to be controlled substances and therefore the whole tin was declared a controlled substance, therefore it's no longer legal," O'Brien said.

There will be a warning period by police before they treat the substance like any other illegal drug, Elias reported.

The DEA made K2 illegal for one year under emergency circumstances.

It plans to study the drug with the help of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to determine whether that decision should be permanent.

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Previous stories:

December 1, 2010: DEA Bans 'Legal Marijuana'

May 11, 2010: 'Legal' Substance's Effects Similar To Marijuana