Idaho plans temporary ban of fake pot substances

Idaho plans temporary ban of fake pot substances
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter plans to approve a temporary ban of seven chemicals used to make incense that some people smoke to get a marijuana-like high.

The governor's office said Tuesday that Otter will give retailers until next Friday to return or destroy the substance often called "Spice." Otter is expected to sign the temporary ban on Oct. 15.

The rule was proposed by the Idaho Board of Pharmacy last Thursday and puts the chemicals into the same category as heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs.

The governor's signature next week will mean that stores can't sell the substance.

The ban would last until the next legislative session ends - giving lawmakers a chance to decide whether they want to make a law permanently banning the substance.