In this Feb. 15, 2010 photo, Conner Moore, 20, displays a three-gram package of K2 , at his home in Columbia, Mo. Produced in China and Korea, the mixture of herbs and spices is sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Users roll it up in joints or inhale it from pipes, just like the real thing. Though banned in most of Europe, K2's key ingredients are not regulated in the United States, a gap that has prompted lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas to consider new legislation. (AP Photo/Kelley McCall)) (Associated Press)
Duluth store keeps selling synthetic pot despite ban
by Cathy Wurzer
, Minnesota Public Radio
December 24, 2010
St. Paul, Minn. —
As early as today, the federal government could make it a felony to sell or possess five chemicals found in so-called synthetic marijuana. The products are sold as incense under brand names including K-2, Spice and The Happy Shaman. They include chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Jim Carlson, owner of Last Place on Earth in Duluth updates Cathy Wurzer on the effort to regulate this product.
Cathy Wurzer is the host of Morning Edition for MPR News.