Stores Fight Proposed Federal Ban on Spice, 'Legal Marijuana'

Arguing that the federal government offers simply no "right to regulate euphoria," any coalition regarding retail store retailers is fighting federal efforts to always be able to ban your sale regarding items that mimic the particular effects of marijuana, such as K2, Spice and Potpourri.

The goods have got become widely known for you to high school students as well as members in the military as "legal marijuana" that won't show on drug exams and as a result are offered with malls, convenience stores and also gas stations regarding between $15 and also $85.

"I'd prefer to inquire the government, what's incorrect together with euphoria and who gave these the right for you to regulate it," said Dan Francis, executive director associated with The Particular retail Compliance Association, the trade group which represents retail stores offering mit concoctions.

In interviews to be broadcast on "20/20" Friday, Francis says the particular K2 and also Spice items "are mu ch less hazardous than, let's say, peanuts" along along with other food items that will trigger allergic reactions.



Francis says your chemicals create customers really feel as good as "when you bite right into a peanut butter and also jelly sandwich and also you've which sensation of, man that's good." Francis did not concede in which retailers had been offering these products to be ingested, as well as mentioned the euphoria may result via being in the space in which in turn the products are increasingly being burned.



But federal law enforcement officials and several doctors say the items -- using chemicals manufactured mostly inside China as well as sprayed in incense as w ell as dried leaves in which can be smoked -- are generally far more effective as compared to real marijuana and may produce dangerous facet effects.

"K2 as well as Spice tend to be tremendously, tremendously psychoactive drugs," mentioned Dr.

. "People, which includes any younger Iowan, possess died or been seriously injured since associated with this product."

Grassley's legislation is identified as regarding 18-year outdated David Rozga involving Indianola, Iowa. M. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, co-chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, launched legislation for you to ban the particular chemicals generally found in producing the products.

"People tend to be buying this drug consequently effortlessly in the neighborhood mall as well as on-line that they consider it's safe," stated Grassley. David Lewis, the particular health-related director with the Visions Adolescent Remedy Middle throughout Malibu, California, one of many drug centers in which report being flooded by simply teens addicted for the so-called "legal marijuana."

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"If you are usually taking any creating mind and you place any tremendously psychoactive substance inside the center associated with that, which developing brain, what you obviously have can always be a chemistry experiment," Dr. Lewis informed "20/20."

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In March, Sen. Rozga's mother as well as father say he took his own life right after smoking K2 bought in a suburban purchasing mall.

"They don't care who these people hurt or the things they do," said Rozga's father Mike inside urging Congress in order to ban the particular chemicals.

The store shops trade group says a new ban would send the particular trade "underground" and it is unnecessary as most retailers will not offer to anybody below the par ticular ages of 18.

"Teenagers don't belong touching this stuff," mentioned the particular group's executive director Dan Francis.

Yet, as section of the particular "20/20" investigative report, the 14-year-old and a 16-year-old wearing undercover cameras within The Large Apple and Los Angeles were easily in a place to purchase K2 and also Spice at store stores.

The clerk of just one store alongside Venice Beach inside Los Angeles admitted he hadn't asked for any valid ID and conceded it absolutely was incorrect pertaining to him in order to sell into a 16-year-old boy.



Asked in regards for you to the feasible consequences, your clerk advised ABC News, "nothing good."

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