WASHINGTON (AP) — An emergency plan to outlaw the sale of five chemicals used in herbal blends to make synthetic marijuana becomes official Tuesday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration filed a final notice Monday that the chemicals used in so-called incense will be banned for sale for at least a year. The order will be published in the Federal Register Tuesday.

The fake marijuana, sold in drug paraphernalia shops and on the Internet, is marketed under various brands including Spice, K2, Blaze and Red X Dawn. The products contain organic leaves coated with chemicals that provide a marijuana-like high when smoked.

Federal drug officials announced plans for the emergency measure in November, amid increasing reports of bad reactions to the chemicals — including seizures, hallucinations and dependency.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (6)
  1. J says:

    I’ve heard of worse reactions to the legal drugs that you see pushed on you everday by doctors and commercials. The commercials even say You may experience this or that and if you do call a doctor immediatley. Most of them sound worse than this.

  2. Rod says:

    The real stuff is pure and natural with very few side effects. It should be legal.

  3. beth smith says:

    legalize the real stuff and people would not have to worry about the side effects of this stuff!!

  4. pigeon says:

    The chemicals should have been banned IMMEDIATELY and not 3 months later!

  5. jay says:

    legalize it alot of people smoke it it will make things so much better in this world people getting locked up for it obama use to smoke it

  6. nicholas says:

    dudee im highj off this right now its awesome sad to see it go

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