Apparently Missouri lawmakers' state ban on K2 synthetic marijuana wasn't moving fast enough for Pettis County, which just outlawed the synthetic cannabinoid.
Pettis County is now the first place in the nation to ban K2.
The ban was proposed by the county's prosecuting attorney, Jeff Mittelhauser, according to the Sedalia Democrat. Mittelhauser told the County Commission he'd heard of K2 being sold in Pettis for several months, and he'd also heard reports of people in the emergency room unconscious because of the drug.
Oh, man. He's a prosecuting attorney, and he's writing a law he wants to enforce based on second-hand information?
The ban covers the list of active chemical ingredients in K2 that allow it to mimic marijuana. K2 is also sold under the names "Spice" and "Mojo." Scientists discussed the possible research benefits of the active chemicals in last week's Pitch feature, "Fake Reefer Madness."
So now it's a misdemeanor to sell K2 or publicly display it for sale. The first offense is up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. A second offense could draw 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.
It's disturbing how law enforcement is putting in laws they want enforced, instead of letting lawmakers legislate. It's not like the states aren't just going to ban K2 anyway, and, again, based only on the testimony of cops. Is it that our representatives are scared of looking soft on drugs, as Kansas state Sen. David Haley suggests? In the words of Dave Mustaine, "It's still 'We the people,' right?"