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Lawmaker: Marijuana-like herb needs regulation

The young man shook uncontrollably and couldn’t speak. As an emergency room doctor tried to figure out what was wrong, the man’s friends showed a package of herbs clearly marked “not for human consumption.” The man and his friends had smoked "spice."... Read more»

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Sep 3, 2010, 4:12 pm
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LOL. Siete, JWH-018 is clearly NOT a hallucinogen like LSD. The young man talked about at the beginning overdosed on a very viable substance. If we are going to start legislation solely on the basis of the fact of whether or not a substance is overdosable… don’t forget to ban practically every substance that we already see on our shelves in our stores. If someone overdosed on Tylenol PM when it first came out, would you be like “OMG, we need to make sure nobody ever takes this stuff again!” or would you look at the substance with a practical understanding that it may have medical value. Tylenol PM has practical application, and so does Spice. If you think that careless emo adolescents are the only people that smoke Spice then you are unaware of the tens of thousands of people all over the US that take it for the same medicinal purposes as marijuana. The acetaminophen in Tylenol is known to cause renal failure. OMG renal failure? What are we going to do about that!! Maybe we should start legislation and LOCK UP EVERY BASTARD CAUGHT WITH THAT STUFF. Get real.

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Sep 3, 2010, 4:14 pm
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The reason the guy overdosed on the substance is because the manufacture that made it and the people that he bought it from where not at liberty to provide the very important dosage information that the product should have had written on it. The product was obviously selling because people enjoy consuming it, but in our society it’s taboo to enjoy any substance that alters your state of being unless it’s been authorized by the FDA, and the FDA doesn’t approve anything that agitates religious paranoia, so someone ends up in suffering from having been poorly informed. I personally know people that have been smoking Spice for a very long time, with absolutely no issues. No fevers, no paranoia, no seizures, maybe a mild headache, but that could have very well come from the fast food they ate that day. The reason this incident happened is because of the lack of liberty that should have been there. As a society we can fix that problem. If we truly care about life, and we don’t want people to suffer like this again, no other approach is going to work better than just simply allowing a drug user to be a drug user without having to be so stealthy and paranoid and misinformed. If you think that outlawing every substance that has any history of sending people to the hospital, you will perpetuate a never ending war that will have people continuously suffering, whether it be that they end up in a hospital in or in a jail cell. It takes either a cold blooded or clueless individual to want to keep the war going.

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Concerns about spice have prompted Kansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas and Missouri to regulate K2, one brand under which spice is sold.

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