KCUR News
10:07 am
Wed February 3, 2010

K2 Ban Moves Forward In Legislature

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas House of Representatives took a step yesterday towards banning what law enforcement officials call synthetic marijuana. The product, sold under the name K2, contains chemicals similar to those found in marijuana.

Olathe Republican Rob Olson argued for the ban, pointing to cases where young people have been made ill by the substance.

"Are we going to pass over this and not support it, and then someone dies, and then be back here next year saying we should have done this?" asked Olson on the House floor.

Representative Marti Crow, a Leavenworth Democrat, says lawmakers are acting too fast. She says there hasn't been enough research into medical uses of the substance, such as for pain relief.

To pass the House the legislation would still face an additional vote.