Iowa senator moves to crack down on synthetic marijuana
July 29, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa: Senator Chuck Grassley has proposed legislation that would ban the sale of synthetic pot, due to an incident last year in which an 18-year old Indiana man killed himself after using the substance. Also last year, an Omaha student killed himself and his principal, and was later found to have the drug in his system.
The drug, often sold under the street name "K2," is marketed as being natural and safe. However, use of the drug causes, among other things, an agitated heart rate, high blood pressure, hallucinations and seizures. Medical centers around the country are reporting a rise in the number of cases related to the use of synthetic marijuana.
Grassley's legislation is called the David Mitchell Rozga Act, and if passed, would treat K2 like banned narcotics like methamphetamines and cocaine.