Is K2 illegal in Georgia?

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UPDATED: Jul 15, 2021

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In May 2010, Georgia passed a law making illegal the substance popularly known as K2 (JWH-018), as well as other cannabinoids. K2, whose other popular names include genie, spice, zohai, fake weed, or synthetic pot, is typically sold as incense or potpourri. Although sometimes referred to as “synthetic marijuana,” the term confuses K2 with tetrahydrocannabinols, which have been illegal under Georgia law for some time. Invented by chemistry professor John Huffman in the 1990s for possible pharmaceutical applications, the substance has become popularly used as a legal marijuana substitute (where it remains legal). Currently, there are no studies on the short- or long-term effects of cannabinoids on humans. It is also uncertain as to how much the substance mimics the effects of marijuana. Huffman’s studies and anecdotal evidence warn that K2 may be more harmful than marijuana. A few states other than Georgia, as well as some European countries, have made the substance illegal.

Follow this link for more information about Georgia Marijuana Laws and Georgia Medical Marijuana Laws

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