Alaska lawmakers plan to ban synthetic marijuana

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Some lawmakers are concerned that a substance sold as incense in tobacco shops and convenience stores is a dangerous drug.

Officials in Alaska are looking to outlaw synthetic marijuana known as Spice, Spike or K2, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

State Sen. Kevin Meyer of Anchorage said he has pre-filed a bill for the Legislature to criminalize the substance. Anchorage Assembly member Mike Gutierrez said at a news conference Tuesday he plans to introduce a resolution asking retailers to remove it from their shelves.

Police say driving under the influence of synthetic marijuana can lead to an impaired driving arrest.

A 28-year-old Fairbanks man who told Alaska State Troopers he'd smoked synthetic marijuana early Tuesday morning kicked in the door of an unoccupied home, took off all of his clothes and went to sleep in a bed, according to a trooper report.

In a case in March, a Fort Richardson soldier just back from Iraq was convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence of Spike. He was arrested after driving over three raised medians, into a concrete wall, and then down a sidewalk on flat tires and with a broken axle, according to a police report.

The man, who later pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, had no alcohol in his system, according to a breath-alcohol test noted in the police report.

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