(Sunman, Ind.) - The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is using its authority to help stop the use of Spice or K2.
The product is sold at a variety of stores and creates a marijuana-like side effects when smoked. It’s been especially popular among young people looking for a cheap and easy way to get high.
The DEA is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five of the key chemicals found in Spice and similar products, thus making them illegal to sell or possess.
Although Spice is marketed as incense and not for consumption, the move will make the substance illegal for one year as the DEA and Department of Health and Human Services further study whether the chemicals within should be permanently controlled.
The chemicals will be labeled a Schedule I controlled substance, the most restrictive designation given to drugs, because it is unsafe and has no medical usage.
Local towns like Versailles and Sunman have already taken steps to ban the sale of Spice. State lawmakers have proposed legislation that would have Indiana join 15 other states who have already outlawed Spice and similar “fake pot” products.