The House approved a measure, HB 176, that would ban the unauthorized sale, possession or use of synthetic marijuana, and ban the possession, sale or use of Salvia divinorum, according to an analysis provided by the House Democratic Caucus.
Synthetic marijuana – often called K2 and known by a variety of street names – is a mixture of herbs and various chemicals legally advertised and sold as "incense" on the Internet and in incense stores.
Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive herb that, as one of the most potent naturally occurring hallucinogens in the world, can cause severe dissociative effects. The drug can produce long-term psychological and emotional problems, including suicidal thoughts. Salvia, as with synthetic marijuana, is routinely advertised and sold over the Internet, and is becoming increasingly popular as a recreational drug for young people, according to the Caucus.