Stores Fight Proposed Federal Ban on Spice, 'Legal Marijuana'

Lewis informed "20/20."

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In March, Sen. David Lewis, the healthcare director with the Visions Adolescent Therapy Middle throughout Malibu, California, among many drug centers in which document being flooded by teenagers addicted towards the so-called "legal marijuana."

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"If you take a new developing brain and also you place a tremendously psychoactive substance in the middle regarding that, which developing brain, what you obviously have is a chemistry experiment," Dr. M. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, co-chairman with the Senate Caucus about International Narcotics Control, released legislation to become able to ban the chemicals typically utilized in producing your products.

"People are generally buying this drug thus effortlessly at the nearby mall as well as on-line that they think it's safe," state d Grassley.

. "People, which includes a younger Iowan, get died or perhaps been severely injured simply because involving this product."

Grassley's legislation is termed for 18-year outdated David Rozga regarding Indianola, Iowa.



Arguing in which the federal government has absolutely no "right to regulate euphoria," any coalition regarding retail store retailers is fighting federal efforts for you to ban the particular sale of products that mimic the particular results of marijuana, which includes K2, Spice along with Potpourri.

The products possess turn out for you to be well known in order to high school students along with members in the military as "legal marijuana" that don't be noticeable on drug exams and are offered in malls, convenience retailers along with fuel stations pertaini ng to among $15 as well as $85.

"I'd like to inquire the actual government, what is wrong along with euphoria along with which gave these people the best to regulate it," stated Dan Francis, executive director involving The Actual retail Compliance Association, any trade team in which represents retail store shops offering the chemical concoctions.

In a task interview to be broadcast upon "20/20" Friday, Francis says the particular K2 along with Spice items "are a smaller sized amount dangerous than, let's say, peanuts" as well as other meals that will trigger allergic reactions.

Francis says the particular chemicals make customers really feel of the actual exact same quality as "when you bite into a peanut butter as well as jelly sandwich and also you've that sensation of, man that's good." Francis failed to concede that will stores had been selling the products being ingested, along with mentioned the euphoria may result from becoming in the space where the go ods are being burned.

But federal law enforcement officials and many doctors the products -- using chemicals manufactured mostly inside China as well as sprayed about incense and dried leaves which can be smoked -- are generally much more powerful than actual marijuana and may generate dangerous side effects.



"K2 and Spice are usually tremendously, tremendously psychoactive drugs," said Dr. Rozga's mothers along with fathers say he took his own lifestyle after smoking K2 purchased with a suburban purchasing mall.

"They don't care which they damage or even the things they do," stated Rozga's father Mike in urging Congress to end up being able to ban the chemicals.

The retail store shops trade group says a ban would send the particular trade "underground" and is actually also unnecessary as most retaile rs will not sell for you to anyone under the actual ages of 18.

"Teenagers don't belong touching this stuff," said your group's executive director Dan Francis.

Yet, as a component of the "20/20" investigative report, a new 14-year-old and a 16-year-old wearing undercover cameras within Ny and Los Angeles were simply able to acquire K2 along with Spice in list stores.

The clerk of one store alongside Venice Beach throughout Los Angeles admitted he had not inquired for just about any valid ID along with conceded it absolutely was wrong with regard to him in order to sell to a 16-year-old boy.

Asked about the possible consequences, your clerk informed ABC News, "nothing good."



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