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'Legal pot' crackdown urged in Md.

Baltimore County officials say it's time to crack down on a synthetic drug known as "legal pot."

The product resembles potpourri and is known as K2, or "spice." It includes chemical compounds that are known to mimic the effects of marijuana.

County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz says he plans to introduce a bill next month making it illegal to sell, possess, buy, distribute or use K2 or any similar product. Kamenetz is running for county executive.

Until recently, K2 was sold at a shop in Catonsville called Peace of Sunshine. But the owner of the store says he stopped selling it when he heard about Kamenetz's bill.

The product retails for about $20 a gram, which police say is nearly six times the street price of marijuana.

-- The Baltimore Sun

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 17, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore  
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Here's an idea; Just legalise marijuana!

problem solved.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 17, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Who cares? Live and let live.

Posted by: nsu1203 | August 17, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

20$ a gram is 6 times the price of pot in Baltimore? Since when does Balmore have such lousy drugs?

Legalize, Regulate, Tax.

Posted by: Greent | August 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

That's the price Balt. cops charge each other, maybe.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 17, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

So it mimics maryjane? But what's in it that is already illegal? Politicians just can't resist criminalizing things, thus turning their constituents into future criminals. Legalize pot and be done with it. Hey Kamenetz, did you enjoy that scotch and soda last night?

Posted by: jckdoors | August 17, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

At 22 grams/oz, that's $440/ounce. 6x pot price? Pot at $75/ox? Where does the line form, I'll fly in now.

Posted by: NeverLift | August 17, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

If we legalize marijuana, we won't have NEARLY the problem with these other things.

I’ve asked myself, “If my child or grandchild got a little off track and got caught with a little marijuana, would I want him or her to go to jail, lose their college financial aid, spend a few days locked up with the sexual predators...?” Or would I rather have the chance to help them work through it WITHOUT a criminal record?

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Posted by: conservativechristian1976 | August 17, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

As if the police doesn't have anything better to do. Just leave people alone !!!!

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | August 17, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Why? Has there been an increase in crime attributed to this stuff? Has there been an increase in underage abuse of it?

Its sold in a shop not on the street corner so it appears that it should be pretty easy to keep track of how much is sold and to whom.

Again why are we making this illegal? Especially in MD where the government refuses to enforce certain laws that could have directly prevented the murders of numerous MD citizens.

Posted by: Redial1 | August 17, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Is the answer to keep creating laws every time a new synthetic drug comes out? JWH, the chemical in spice, can be modified chemically in many ways so laws will be chasing this for years. Make JWH-018 illegal and another form will be created.

Legalization of marijuana would eliminate the market for synthetic substances like this. When will rational science finally trump politics? The momentum is starting.....

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Posted by: hempsolutions | August 17, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of whiners. Nuke the head shop on Fred Road and be done with it. Up in smoke, end of problem. Losers.

Posted by: YouMustBeJoking | August 17, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

At 22 grams/oz, that's $440/ounce. 6x pot price? Pot at $75/ox? Where does the line form, I'll fly in now.

Posted by: NeverLift
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FYI, it is closer to 28 grams/oz. To be be more specific 28.3495231/oz.

Just saying.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | August 17, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes,lets make it illegal,that way the cartels in Mexico and the criminals in America can have another product to sell.
Regulate it,sell it where ID's are checked,do not take another product from our control into the alley.
I tell you,our learning curve must look like the horizon.

Posted by: claygooding | August 18, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

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