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From Southlake DPS Officer Andrew Anderson:

It goes by names like "K2" and "spice"- packets full of scented herbs that seem innocent enough - that is until it is sprayed with a man-made chemical turning it into something, more powerful than marijuana.

You can find K2 in many neighborhood "head shops", which specialize in selling smoking paraphernalia. For about $30 you can buy K2 anywhere from one to three grams, depending on quality. Usually it's sold as "incense" or "potpourri". This is a tempting and legal alternative to those looking for an inhaled high that is not detectable with conventional drug testing.

 I attached a link to news coverage over K2 describing its use and dangers. Some of my informants are saying kids are using more and more of K2 because it’s legal to possess, purchase and it has a better “High” than marijuana; however I had one informant tell me a friend of his who smoked it has serious brain damage and appears as if he has Parkinson's disease. K2 is also being added to other substances such and “CHEESE”, methamphetamine and marijuana for grater effects.

ALLEN — The legal herbs are sold as incense under a variety of names, including "K2," "Spice,", "Genie" and "Fire and Ice.

But police say young people who are buying the products are smoking them to get what some consider to be a stronger high than marijuana.

That's why police are issuing a warning to parents.

Getting K2 is easy and legal. On the back of the package it says: "Not for human consumption." But people — including kids — are smoking it and getting a high much more potent than marijuana, Allen police said. That's why police they want the product off the streets.

The department issued a citzen alert after 200 people complained about K2 being sold at an Allen hookah bar. "The law doesn't regulate this. You can sell this to anybody," said police spokesman Sgt. Jon Felty.

Allen patrol officers said they are seeing more and more K2 on the streets, including among underage kids.

K2 is a chemical compound sprayed on potpourri, tobacco or other organic materials and smoked. "Conceivably, any person of any age could buy this product, and that's a great concern," Felty said.

Tommy Blakeman, director of the Collin County Substance Abuse Program, said more than half of the students they see have either tried K2 or are using it regularly. A recent incident in Plano sent several students to the emergency room.

"They had done K2 at lunch, and were trying to be in class, and could not maintain their composure in class," Blakeman said.

Allen Police will meet with their City Council next week asking for help. "We're going to ask our City Council to adopt an ordinance to regulate the sale and possession of this product," Felty said.

Currently, only two states — Kansas and Kentucky — regulate the sale of K2 products. Police said one of the biggest concerns is that the long-term effects of smoking it are unknown.