Virginia Lawmakers Propose Ban On Synthetic Marijuana
This so called synthetic marijuana, known as Spice and K2, is legal in Virginia. It can be purchased online, in convenience stores and at tobacco shops. But it may not be legal for long. Some state lawmakers have proposed banning the synthetic-marijuana substances in Virginia, as they have been outlawed in 13 other states. The US Military and other forces has also banned the use of such substances and has also blocked off access to bases to specific companies which sell the substances.
Fort Lee has not yet taken that step. Soldiers stationed at the installation in Prince George County are not banned from area establishments that sell Spice, though they are still prohibited from using it. Spice is a synthetic blend of chemically treated, smokable leaves. With the addition of chemicals similar to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, the herbs can provide a legal high.
But that was not the intent when synthetic compounds such as K2 and Spice were developed in John W. Huffman's laboratory more than 10 years ago. K2 and other such substances have been found in some synthetic marijuana. His research is geared at understanding the interactions between cannabinoid receptors in the brain and other organs. The receptors play a role in regulating appetite, nausea, mood, pain and inflammation. They may also be involved in the development of such conditions as osteoporosis, liver disease and some kinds of cancer.
Huffman said synthetic cannabinoids can help researchers understand these interactions and may contribute to the development of new therapies. They have been discussed in scientific publications.
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