Bill to ban "synthetic marijuana" passes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A ban on a product called "synthetic marijuana" has received final passage from the Louisiana Legislature. The bill by Gretna Rep. Ricky Templet would prohibit the manufacture, sale and possession of the product that goes by names like "K2," "Voodoo," "FIYA" and "Spice."

They are sold as herbal incense but smoked like marijuana - and with similar effects. The mixture of herbs and spices is sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and it's commonly sold in head shops and convenience stores.

The ban was given final passage Monday with a 32-0 vote of the state Senate. It heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk.

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