MOUNT VERNON — The bill to ban Spice/K2 has been approved by the Senate and is now on its way to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s desk, along with revisions that will also ban the synthetic substances in bath salts.
State Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl, a co-sponsor of the bill, announced the Senate’s approval Wednesday afternoon after the Senate approved the measure on Tuesday by a vote of 97 to 1. The House passed the bill on March 16, 95 to 1.
Spice/K2 is a mixture of spices sprayed with a synthetic form of marijuana. Users will smoke the substance in ways similar to ingesting pot. The physical effects on the body range from coma-like symptoms to reactions similar to a heart attack.