Thursday, January 21, 2010

Legislation in the news- K2

The Kansas State Legislature has introduced two bills to address a concern regarding K2, a synthetic cannabinoid that is marketed as incense which when smoked, produces a marijuana-like high. House Bill 2411 and Senate Bill 348 would each add K2 to the controlled substances list. Three chemicals in K2 contribute to its effect on the user: JWH-018 and JWH-073 and HU-210.

You can find the full text of these bills at by clicking on "full text of bills" and entering the bill number.

You can find the status of these bills by going to, click on "bills" from the menu at the upper left, then click on "single bill tracking." There you can enter the bill number and you will be given a list of all the actions taken on the bill.

The Kansas Statute that lists the controlled substances is KSA 65-4105 and may also be found on House Bill 2411 and Senate Bill 348 would add K2, also named "Spice," to this list.

News coverage of the legislation:

In the University Daily Kansan:

In the Kansas City Star:

In the Lawrence Journal-World:

Topeka Capital-Journal:

More information on K2:

Report of the Kansas Health Institute:

Annual Report of the Drug Enforcement Administration- Office of Diversion Control:

Reports from this office regarding the individual chemicals within K2:

Report by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration:

Report by the National Institutes of Health regarding possible medical uses for cannabinoids

Article contact: Kim Harp

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