A state Senate corrections panel on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill banning synthetic cannabis (K2, Spice) while delaying action on a measure making it unlawful to take “up-skirt” photo in a public places.
Senate Bill 57 identifies 19 chemical compounds of known synthetic marijuana (K2, Spice) and would make it unlawful to possess, proposal, deal or produce the goods.
The move is a answer to a new wave of uncontrolled and unregulated products that some Hoosiers are use to “get high”. Brand names for these products, which minors in some communities can get at convenience stores and other places, include Spice and K2.
Cities and counties around the state – with Fort Wayne – have tried to address the problem with local ordinances.
Law enforcement officers from Tippecanoe County testify that the product is more strong and harmful than pot, and they noted cases where users exhibit extreme aggressiveness, hallucinations, agitation, suicidal behavior.
A Marion County mother talked of her son’s battle with Spice (K2) and how she and her husband had to send him to boarding school.
“He’s not the same child. I can’t even see what he once was,” Deborah Chambers said. “I think it’s damaged my son forever.”
The bill passed 10-0 and now moves to the full Senate for amendment. There was some discussion and concern, however, about the sellers’ ability to simply change the chemical compound every year to evade the law.
“It’s like a making a gumbo,” Alting said. “Every day they’re making a different recipe to get around the law.”