Politics & Government

Synthetic marijuana Spice is targeted for ban by Alaska lawmakers

A new street drug that authorities claim is capable of causing everything from hallucinations and slurred speech to death is sweeping the nation and has made its way to Alaska, according to local police and public officials.

It goes by many names -- Spice, Spike, K2 -- but the new craze among kids, the military and others looking for a high is essentially synthetic marijuana: plant material that can hold any number of various sprayed-on psychotropic compounds.

And for now, it is legal.

State Sen. Kevin Meyer and Anchorage Assembly members Mike Gutierrez and Paul Honeman hope to change that.

The drug can be 600 to 800 times stronger than pot and can cause a physical addiction similar to methamphetamine, Gutierrez said at a press conference Tuesday.

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