RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina lawmakers are backing a plan to outlaw a legal chemical that mimics the effects of marijuana.
A state Senate committee on Thursday voted to recommend legislation to impose penalties similar to real marijuana for possessing or selling a synthetic compound sold in gas stations and convenience stores under names including 'Spice' and 'K2.' The products mix herbs and spices that are sprayed with a chemical compound similar to the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
The synthetic marijuana is legal in most states and is hard to discover through drug testing.
A Greensboro police captain and others say the compounds can strike users with tremors, seizures and other effects that require emergency hospital care.
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