State Representative Amanda Reeve Talks About Her Efforts to Control Spice in Arizona
Spice, a.k.a. herbal incense, may soon be more controlled in Arizona
Yesterday, we blogged aboutArizona lawmakers' efforts to ban ten chemical compounds
commonly found in spice, also known as "herbal incense" and "synthetic marijuana."
"He told me stories about patients in the ER suffering from paralysis, loss of speech, and other adverse effects from spice," Reeve says. "What bothers me is everybody was calling it 'synthetic marijuana,' which made it sound harmless...I don't think marijuana is harmless, but this stuff is way worse."
So when Heinz asked Reeve to help him sponsor House Bill 2167, she was more than happy to do so. The House Judiciary Committee voted for the bill unanimously during their January 20 session. It will head to the senate for approval next, and if approved, will ultimately end up on the desk of Governor Jan Brewer.
"The ten compounds in the bill have no beneficial use," Reeve says. "We had somebody at the state crime lab help us discern which compounds are actually used for something other than spice, and if they were used for any kind of medical benefit, we left them out. But the compounds we're seeking to ban have no other use than to spray on spice so people can get high."
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