Legal marijuana lookalike hitting the market
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A heads-up for parents. There's a drug being sold locally known as K-2 Summit that will give you a high like marijuana, but it's legal.

K-2 Summit is a synthetic form of marijuana so under the radar right now even some of the police agencies in the area didn't know what it was when we asked them about it.

"It's not illegal to use," pharmacist Hal King said. "It has a legal use in research labs, and that's where it should stay obviously."

It's on local store shelves now, is easily available on the internet and may be the next big drug fad.

"I do think it's one of those trends," said Deeanna Hale-Holland, Prevention Director at Coastal Horizons, a drug treatment facility in Wilmington. "People are always going to look for something that they can get some sort of psycho-active effect that isn't illegal yet."

K-2 Summit is marketed as potpourri, and it can be burned as incense. But you can also smoke it and snort it and get the same high as smoking a joint. That's because the justice department's Drug Enforcement administration says its chemical make-up is similar to THC, which is the main active ingredient in marijuana.

"A product that looks like it's been adulterated by a research chemical that is similar properties to cannabinoids so they cause all the same things that smoking or ingesting marijuana will be," King said.

But K-2 Summit, Also known as JWH-018 is not categorized as THC because its chemical structure is different, which make it legal, and not looked for in a drug test.

Hale-Holland says even though it's legal, it can lead to many serious issues.

"(It) can potentially be addictive, can potentially cause long-term damages, can cause seizures," she said. "(It) can cause cancer and all the other dangerous side effects of other substances can also potentially be a side effect of this substance."

It's available here in Wilmington, or at least it was a few days ago.
We called Expressions, which is an alternative specialty store downtown, to ask about it. The store had it the day we called, but when we called back the next day, they said they didn't sell it anymore.

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The media thinks they are helping parents, but they need to keep in mind that this generation is equipped with online and can look up this same article. I blame the media for giving kids and teens new ideas about drugs and etc. I have an 8 month old son, and scared to death what he will be faced with as he gets older, just because of the media!

I completely agree. I was once a marijuana smoker years ago, and I am still friends with several, if not dozens of users. Not a single person ive talked to has heard of this 'drug'.

If I hadnt seen it on television, not only would I have NEVER known it existed, I would also have never trusted seeing it on the shelves in a store, I would expect it to be a scam. This story not only brings it into the limelight, it gives it a credibility only the media could give it. Now, I might try it just to see if they are telling the truth. THANKS WWAY!!!

ok if the cops didn't even know about this stuff why tell the public?

wouldn't it have been better if people didn't know .

i don't think regularly try to smoke incense to see if they will get high or not.

basically this article is giving everyone way more info than they need "oh yeah you could smoke it or snort it and even buy it online! and it's the same as a joit due to the thc"

O.o

They'll make it illegal soon enough. Yeah, I do agree that if you're against it it would have been smarter not to make it public knowledge (duh?) Just get off the soap box. Don't you have some underage tobacco smokers to lecture? Would be a better use of your time anyway. This stuff is 27 dollars a bag - (9 dollars a gram) and I don't think "Mommy and Daddy" are going to fork over 30 bucks for potpourri. The HS kids aren't getting it - it's just a way to smokescreen all the hippies that are complaining about legalizing marijuana. Look at the forest, not the trees.

By the way - it is EXACTLY like being stoned! I'm pretty sure it can't be good for you though, nothing chemical is - besides, it's better then the weed, local sources confirm. That can't be a good thing, even if it seems like one. LOL

(I can't believe it's not butter)

LOL

While we're at it - why not start attacking alcohol again? Prohibition went so well the first time....