Synthetic pot ban up for CO vote

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A state ban on synthetic marijuana is up for a vote in the Colorado Senate.

The bill that will be debated today would outlaw several chemicals used to make synthetic cannabinoids. The chemicals are widely available on the Internet and mimic the effects of marijuana in products called “Spice” or “K2.”

The legality of the drug became an issue after several U.S. Air Force Academy cadets were investigated for using it.

Because the fake pot is typically sold as incense and labeled as not intended for consumption, there’s little oversight of the chemicals used in the drugs.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration banned Spice on March 1, but the federal ban lasts only a year while the agency reviews the new drug.