Governor to sign law on 'synthetic marijuana'


O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that makes
synthetic marijuana known as K2 illegal, effective Aug. 28.

Nixon signed the law Tuesday at the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department. It makes K2 a controlled substance, with possession punishable by jail or fine. Nixon will also sign the bill later Tuesday in West Plains.

The law bans synthetic compounds that are sprayed on dried herbs and flowers and often sold as incense. The product produces a marijuana-like high when smoked or inhaled. It is sold in smoke shops and gas stations around the state.

Missouri becomes the fifth state to ban synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana.