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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan discusses the growing threat of Synthetic Marijuana and "Convenience Store Cocaine" to the press. After Attn. General Madigan addresses the press, we hear from a mother whose son died in a car crash while driving after smoking Synthetic Marijuana.
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Illinois Law - 720 ILCS 570/204
Illinois passed a law
banning K2 (a synthetic incense or
potpourri) by amending the Illinois
Controlled Substances Act (720 ILCS 570/204)
to include the ingredients found in
synthetic cannabis. The ban on Spice went
into effect January 1, 2011. It is a felony
offense to buy, sell or possess the
synthetic marijuana product in Illinois.
What are Class 4
An individual who is
charged with illegally possessing synthetic
marijuana could face Class 4 felony
penalties in Illinois if convicted. Class 4
felony penalties may include a prison term
of one to three years and fines up to
$25,000. Those convicted of a Class 4
felony may also face mandatory drug testing,
counseling and probation.
What is its origin?
Manufacturers of this product are not
regulated and are often unknown since these
products are purchased via the Internet
whether wholesale or retail. 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.
What are common street names?
Bilss, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed,
Genie, Spice, Zohai
What does it look like?
K2 is typically sold in small, silvery
plastic bags of dried leaves and marketed as
incense that can be smoked. It is said to
How is it abused?
K2 products are usually smoked in joints or
pipes, but some users make it into a tea.
What is its effect on the mind?
Psychological effects are similar to those
of marijuana and include paranoia, panic
attacks, and giddiness.
What is its effect on the body?
Physiological effects of K2 include
increased heart rate and increase of blood
pressure. It appears to be stored in the
body for long periods of time, and therefore
the long-term effects on humans are not
Which drugs cause similar effects?
What is its legal status in the United
On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, DEA published a
final order in the Federal Register
temporarily placing five synthetic
cannabinoids into Schedule I of the CSA. The
order became effective on March 1, 2011.
The substances placed into Schedule I are
1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl) indole (JWH-018),
1-butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl) indole (JWH-073),
homologue). This action is based on a
finding by the Administrator that the
placement of these synthetic cannabinoids
into Schedule I of the CSA is necessary to
avoid an imminent hazard to the public
safety. As a result of this order, the full
effect of the CSA and its implementing
regulations including criminal, civil and
administrative penalties, sanctions, and
regulatory controls of Schedule I substances
will be imposed on the manufacture,
distribution, possession, importation, and
exportation of these synthetic cannabinoids.
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