Thursday, October 7, 2010
Byhalia outlaws hallucinogen
By SUE WATSON
Byhalia has passed an ordinance making it a misdemeanor to possess, use, buy or sell, or display for sale or attempt to give or sale the herb Salvia divinorum or any of its derivatives.
The town ordinance was approved by the board of aldermen and signed by mayor Phil Malone September 21.
Use of the plant, which contains powerful hallucinogenic compounds, has been outlawed in several states, including Mississippi, under the name synthetic cannabinoid or synthetic marijuana.
Substances in the plant produce intoxication or induce hallucination when swallowed. The intoxicating effects are reported to be similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana and/or the substance methcathinone, a white powder used as a research chemical but not approved for use in the United States.
The substance has been marketed under the name “Spice,” “K-2,” and “Fire N Ice,” “Skunk” and other appellations.
The herb is taken as a tea or extract by those who want to achieve a psychedelic effect. It is reported to be non-addictive.
The synthetic substances which produce euphoric or stimulant like effects which have been banned by the Town of Byhalia and towns and cities across the country include Mephedrone, 4-MMC, HU-210, JWH-018/spice, JWH-073, and TMFIP.
Many of the substances have been available over the Internet and have been outlawed for use in other countries such as Australia, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Sweden. Other slang terms for 4-Methymethcathinone, banned in Israel since December 2007, are Mephedrone, 4-MMC, Meow, M-Cat and Bubbles.
Synthetic marijuana or K2 does not show a positive reading on urinalysis which adds to its desirability and growth in use by drug abusers, according to the language in SB 2004 sent to the governor to sign following the 2010 Second Extraordinary Session.
Sen. Bill Stone was an author of the bill.
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