by Kyle Swenson
Well, there, you missed your chance, that is if you're one of the adventurous many who think, “Naw, I don't want to do real drugs, I'd rather puff/snort some test-tube concocted knock-off.” Today, Ohio's ban on synthetic marijuana — known as K2 — and bath salts goes into effect. Whereas you used to be able to stroll into head shops and corner stores to score these items, now you'll have to buy on the sly in some dank apartment or out of the back of a rusting mini-van, just like real drugs.
In all seriousness, this is good move on the part of regulators. If you read this blog regularly, you know that when someone gets up on a bath salt high, they're a danger to others as well as themselves. And K2 — that's just like smoking potpourri, which is just plain weird.
The new law places both substances on the Schedule 1 list, the no-no of narcotics. The ban was signed into law in July by Governor John Kasich. The new statutes do include penalties if you're caught with the substances on your person. Below, after the jump:
Under Ohio’s new law, penalties for possession or trafficking of K2 or spice will be the same as those for marijuana — a minor misdemeanor for possession and a felony for trafficking in the vicinity of a school or juvenile. Possession and trafficking of bath salts would fall under the normal felony penalties for Schedule 1 controlled substances such as cocaine and amphetamines, Burke said.