O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) -- It's known as fake pot or synthetic marijuana. Soon, it will be just as illegal in Missouri as the real thing.
Gov. Jay Nixon will be at the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department to sign a bill making the product known as K2 a controlled substance, with possession punishable by jail or fine. Nixon will also sign the bill later Tuesday in West Plains.
The law bans synthetic compounds that are sprayed on dried herbs and flowers and often sold as incense. The product produces a marijuana-like high when smoked or inhaled. It is sold in smoke shops and gas stations around the state.
Missouri becomes the second state to ban synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana. Kansas enacted the first ban in March.
Once the governor signs, the new law is effective Aug. 28.
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