Florida school board bans K2 "fake" marijuana

ORLANDO, Florida (BestGrowthStock) – A central Florida school board on Tuesday voted unanimously to impose a ban on K2, a herbal product marketed as incense that looks and smokes like marijuana but is not illegal.

“We’re trying to be very proactive,” said Regina Klaers, spokeswoman for the Seminole County School District. “It’s just too much of a health danger to have it come on the campus.”

K2 is mixture of herbs and spices bagged like potpourri and sold in tobacco shops or online, often marketed as “incense you can smoke” or “fake weed,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The herbal mixture is sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

K2, sold in bags and with street names like Spice, Genie and Bombay Blue, disorients users when smoked. Effects include giddiness, paranoia and panic attacks as well as increased heart rate and blood pressure.

“It so borders on being a drug. It’s that gray area we wanted get out of,” Klaers said.

The key ingredients in K2 are not regulated in the U.S. but have been banned from use by the U.S. military, according to the DEA. The agency on its website said that manufacturers of K2 are not regulated.

“Several websites that sell the product are based in China. Some products may contain an herb called damiana, which is native to Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean,” it said.

(Reporting by Barbara Liston. Editing by Peter Bohan)

Florida school board bans K2 "fake" marijuana