State Representative Margaret Ann Ruhl (R-Mount Vernon) has announced the passage of House Bill 64, which would add specific synthetic cannabinoids to the list of Schedule I controlled substances and impose similar guidelines to those applied to marijuana.

This legislation targets the growing usage of a new designer drug known as K2 or Spice, which mimics the sensational high that is produced by marijuana. The drug has become popular due to its ease of availability but can cause serious side effects. More potent than organic cannabis, K2 has been reported to cause elevated blood pressure and heartbeat, nausea, loss of consciousness, hallucinations and seizures.

“I’m very pleased that this bill passed the House with strong support on both sides of the aisle,” Ruhl said. “House Bill 64 addresses a growing issue of public health and the safety of our families. It is important that our laws regarding drugs are consistent and comprehensive, and this bill is a vital step.”

House Bill 64 passed by a vote of 95-1 and now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


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