Oregon moves to outlaw synthetic cannabis

Oregon moves to outlaw synthetic cannabis

SALEM, Ore. - A syntheic cannabis sold over-the-counter as incense that can be smoked for an intoxicating effect 15 times more powerful than marijuana is now illegal in Oregon.    

The substance has been sold under names like K2 and Spice.

On Tuesday, the Oregon Board of Pharmacy voted to outlaw the chemicals that make spice so powerful. That means stores will have to pull the product off shelves. If you're caught buying or selling spice, you could now face prosecution.

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Spice is extremely potent and can lead to all sorts of health problems.

It's often sold as incense, and you can usually get three grams for $60.

And unlike traditional marijuana, spice does not show up on drug tests.

In its ruling, the board of pharmacy called spice "very dangerous" and a threat to public health.

The board said additional information would be posted on www.pharmacy.state.or.us by Friday afternoon.