Fake pot ban takes effect on August 15 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fake pot ban takes effect on August 15

By Lee Peck - bio | email

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - It's a multi-million dollar a year industry in Louisiana and in just a matter of days it's about to be shut down. Louisiana lawmakers this past legislative session made it illegal to sell, manufacture or possess Synthetic Cannabinoid known as "K2" or "Spice."

It actually has a lot of different names, but what makes it illegal is the chemical it's sprayed with. According to experts it's very similar to THC - the main ingredient in pot. Despite its widespread popularity among adults and teens, the appeal of this latest recreational drug of concern is still a mystery to some.

"I was wondering why it was being taken away like what is the negative side effects that it's shown," asked concerned citizen Jessica Jiles.

"Kids are taking it and breaking it down and smoking it and it has the same side effects as marijuana," said Sulphur Police Chief Chris Abraham.

You can find it at most smoke shops going for about $20 to $50, depending on how much you buy. And even though the label says "not for human consumption," people are smoking it and claim it's more intense than the real thing. It also doesn't show up on a drug test. All reasons why the City of Sulphur put their own ban into effect before the law went statewide.

"We felt it necessary to basically get in front of the 8 ball and enact our own before it became a problem here in our town," said Chief Abraham.

Abraham says the ban has been active inside Sulphur city limits for about three months and says word has got around: "Our narcotics officers are doing spot checks throughout town with our stores and as of this date we have not found in any in the stores, we have not arrested anybody with it which is a good thing," said Abraham.

The statewide ban goes into effect on Sunday, August 15.

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