A package of K2, also known on the street as
Spice or Zohai.
(Rising Sun, Ind.) - Rising Sun is the latest southeast Indiana town to ban the sale of Spice.
Also known as K2, the product is a synthetic cannabinoid, meaning it can produce a high similar to marijuana if smoked.
The substance is often sold at convenience stores and popular among many teens. It is marketed as incense so it is not subject to review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“It’s being sold right here in Rising Sun at our local businesses,” says Rising Sun Chief of Police David Hewitt.
Hewitt says the city council and mayor cannot wait any longer on the state legislature to pass a ban, so the City of Rising Sun now has an ordinance banning the sale of Spice within city limits.
State lawmakers are working to pass a statewide ban, but it will come months after teens’ desire to smoke the substance began peeking last fall.
“It’s our collective hope that by banning the sale and use of K2/Spice within the city limits, we can stop or at least discourage our young people from experimenting with this potential gateway substance,” Hewitt says.
Anybody who wants to review the full ordinance can do so by visiting Rising Sun City Hall and asking to see Ordinance 2010-5. Questions can also be directed to Hewitt by calling the police department at (812) 438-3737 or City Hall at 438-3340.
Other local towns which have recently passed their own ordinances banning spice include Versailles, Sunman, and Batesville.