DEA Banning Legal Highs
'Fake pot' to be outlawed nationwide
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2010 3:25 AM CST
Updated Nov 25, 2010 6:00 AM CST
Concoctions of dried herbs sprayed with chemicals like K2 will soon be illegal.    (AP Photo/Kelley McCall, File)

(Newser) – "Legal highs" with marijuana-like effects aren't going to be legal for much longer. The Drug Enforcement Agency has launched an emergency action to outlaw chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana, which is sold online and in head shops, WebMD reports. The "fake pot" is sold under brand names like "Spice" and "K2" and is often marketed as incense.

The herbal blends coated with chemicals have become increasingly popular over the last year despite having already been banned in 15 states, the DEA says. The DEA's declaration will take effect after a mandatory 30-day waiting period, after which sale or possession of synthetic marijuana will be a federal crime for at least a year while authorities decide whether it should be permanently banned.