Nassau DA seeks to ban K2 'spice' herb

May 10, 2010 3:08:25 PM PDT
K2 or "spice" is a synthetic herb and it is being sold legally in smoke shops as incense, but it's being marketed to teens as a way of getting high. Jeff Reynolds is with the Long Island council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and says this herb is bad news.

"The scariest kids have no idea what comes around with a major drug crisis," said Reynolds.

Nassau County District Attorney, Kathleen Rice believes K2 is just another gateway drug so she's proposing a statewide ban of the herbs that would make them illegal to buy or sell.

Theresa Corrigan, Nassau County's Bureau Chief of Street Narcotics, says the message to parents is that this drug is up and coming, "We know it to be dangerous. When smoked, we know it is giving a marijuana like high and it's dangerous as dangerous can be."

Right now teens are buying the drugs online and even giving reviews of it on Youtube.

Parents say kids are exploratory, but it's a problem because smoking and drinking starts too early.

Kansas is the first state to ban K2, making it a felony to sell and misdemeanor to buy it.

The District Attorney's proposal would carry the same penalties if approved.