JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- State lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would make Missouri the second state to ban synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana.
The House sent the legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday night. Kansas enacted a similar ban earlier this year.
The Missouri bill would outlaw synthetic compounds that are sprayed on dried herbs and flowers and often sold as incense. The product, commonly known as K2, produces a marijuana-like high when smoked or inhaled. It is sold in smoke shops and gas stations around the state.
The legislation would subject people who possess the substance to the same criminal penalties as those who use real marijuana. Those sentences vary depending upon the amount possessed.
Synthetic marijuana bill is HB1472
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