|The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012|
House Bans Synthetic Cannabinoids
Posted: February 28, 2011
(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today unanimously passed a bill banning synthetic cannabinoids, sold as "Spice" or "K2." House Community & Regional Affairs Committee Chair Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, sponsored the bill, HB7, which adds the substances to the schedule IIIA list of controlled substances. Sentences range from a misdemeanor for possession to a felony for distribution.
I am thankful the House voted to move the bill to the Senate, and am proud to uphold our guiding principle to promote safe and healthy communities.
"The drugs can have a devastating effect on users," Muñoz said. "Right now it's legal to buy and sell synthetic cannabinoids, but we're asking legislators and the governor to stand with 13 other states in enacting laws to ban their production and sale. Synthetic marijuana is more dangerous than natural marijuana because it is a hallucinogen, whose use leads to unpredictable side effects that range from mild to severe. I am thankful the House voted to move the bill to the Senate, and am proud to uphold our guiding principle to promote safe and healthy communities."
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