More Fake Pot Ban In OK

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Updated: 3/08/2011 11:49 pm Published: 3/07/2011 11:02 pm

People looking to get high are finding their way around new laws that ban so-called fake pot.

However, Oklahoma lawmakers, Senator Anthony Sykes, R-Moore and Representative David Derby, R-Owasso, are sponsoring SB 919 in hopes of staying one step ahead.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford reports why this chemical is considered so dangerous.

Chemicals found in K-2 and Spice are already outlawed in Oklahoma.

However, there’s another chemical JWH found in fake pot that’s legally being sold on store shelves.

When Miley Cyrus was caught smoking the natural herb Salvia from a bong in California, Oklahoma had already banned it.

In 2008, Oklahoma was one of the first states to ban the drug. In November 2010, the fake pot also known as K-2 was next to being banned.

Now the Senator Sykes and Representative Derby want to ban another form of synthetic pot that acts like K-2 and Spice.

Any herb with JWH in it would be considered a Schedule I drug and if convicted of manufacturing or possessing it would be a felony, $1,000 fine and not less than one year or more than 10 years in the Department of Corrections.

The name comes from the scientist who discovered K-2, chemicals found in the fake pot act like THC that’s found in pot.

"I hadn't heard about this. That really shocks me. I would hope that I was an informed mother," says mother Debbie Coughenour.

Muskogee Public Schools has already seen kids show up with another K-2-type drug.

That’s considered legal.

Now the state wants to treat the JWH chemical like a Scheduled I drug, banning it like K-2 as well as Salvia which are now in the same category as Heroin and Cocaine.

"Anything that is going to keep our kids safe. I am all for it," says Coughenour.

Last week the DEA announced a temporary ban on JWH products.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs is also pushing for SB 237 which would make Jimson Weed to get high illegal. The plant is naturally grown and found on the side of the road but if smoked it can be a dangerous high.

If convicted of possessing Jimson Weed illegally it would be a misdemeanor and a $500 fine.

Senator Kim David, R-Wagoner and Representative Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow are sponsoring the bill.

It is now up for a vote on the Senate floor.

The OBN is also pushing HB 1798 that would ban making hashish from pot.

Representative Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa is sponsoring the bill.

That bill is up for a vote on the House floor.

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rgilman - 3/8/2011 10:25 AM
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I smoke the "fake K2" and when K2 was legal, I smoked that. If they make this illegal, I'll find some other drug they come up with and smoke that. Don't lawmakers have anything better to do than try to stay only one step behind these drug manufactors?

papdadi - 3/8/2011 9:13 AM
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I concur.

RealityStrikes - 3/8/2011 8:11 AM
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The ONLY reason liquor is legal & pot isn't (read your history books - or watch the history channel) is that POLITICIANS DRANK & DRINK. Legalize it - with some proper regulation (taxes - like cigarettes) - & see what happens!! Crime rate & prison populations go WAY DOWN. INSTANTLY BETTER "BORDER SECURITY"!!! No more "worries" about furlough days for jailers or the F.O.P. continually demanding & GETTING more $$$ for themselves (or as they purport for "our protection")!!!!
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