Is K2 illegal in Illinois?

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UPDATED: Jul 15, 2021

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The substance popularly known as K2 (JWH-018) and other cannabinoids are legal in Illinois for the remainder of 2010. A new law passed earlier in 2010 makes K2 and other cannabinoids illegal as of January 1, 2011. K2 is also popularly known as genie, spice, zohai, fake weed, or synthetic pot and is typically sold as incense or potpourri. Although sometimes referred to as “synthetic marijuana,” this terminology confuses K2 with tetrahydrocannabinols, which are already illegal under Illinois law. K2 was invented by chemistry professor John Huffman in the 1990s for pharmaceutical purposes, and the substance later became popular as a legal substitute for marijuana. Currently, there is little research on the short- or long-term effects of K2 on humans. Huffman’s own research and other anecdotal evidence suggests that K2 may be more harmful to the human body than organic marijuana. An increasing number of states, as well as some European countries, have made the substance illegal.

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

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