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Should synthetic marijuana be federally regulated?

In the District and most states across the country, it is legal to buy and sell 'spice', whose crushed green leaves are sprayed with various man-made chemicals. When smoked, the treated leaves can produce a marijuana-like high.

But, alarmed by its growing use and questions about its safety, lawmakers in a number of states have begun taking action. Should states step in to regulate 'spice'? Let us know below.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 9, 2010; 7:34 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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It's a drug and it isn't natural, because of the chemicals added.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 10, 2010 10:15 PM

Regulate spice and decriminalize real marijuana.

The war on drugs has been a miserable failure.

Posted by: rcubedkc | July 10, 2010 11:43 PM

K2 sounds pretty stupid, but not NEARLY as stupid as the war on drug users. Adding yet another restricted substance to the list will only make it seem cool to those who can't get marijuana, a much safer and saner alternative.

It's been said over and over before but it bears repeating - it's a whole lot cheaper and more humane to choose not to have an army of people with guns try to arrest and imprison people for doing something that would otherwise not be harmful to them. If marijuana were widely available and usable, we would be a much healthier nation.

Posted by: paul8 | July 11, 2010 12:50 PM

To be clear, what I meant by "if marijuana were widely available and usable", I am saying that anywhere you can smoke tobacco, you should be able to smoke or vaporize marijuana.

Posted by: paul8 | July 11, 2010 12:54 PM

Yes marijuana a safer alternative??? DUI means nothing to people??? It means Driving under the influence usually marijuana, coke, ecstasy, etc. Did you hear about the mother of three in Prince William County who was so high on marijuana she rolled over in bed and suffocated her own baby. Of course marijuana doesn't kill, get real it does kill and makes your judgments stupid as well.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 11, 2010 8:11 PM

This "synthetic" crap should be regulated.

Can lawn clippings dipped in kerosene be regulated? Not sure.

Should be, cannot be.... sounds like we need pragmatism.

Sorta like killing "all the terrorists"
or "curing cancer"
or "eliminating poverty"

All great ideas with ENORMOUS obstacles.

Posted by: docwhocuts | July 13, 2010 8:50 AM

Marijuana should be legalized. Its a waste of taxpayer money for the police, the courts, probation officers and jail for marijuana "offenses". How about spending resources on the drugs that actually harm and kill people?

The chemical stuff should be illegal, that will kill somebody.

Posted by: siridh | July 13, 2010 11:45 AM

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