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Board Of Health Bans Sale Of Synthetic Marijuana

The Falmouth Board of Health banned the sale of synthetic marijuana in Falmouth at its Monday, February 1, meeting.

Often sold under the name of spice or K2, synthetic marijuana is composed of man-made chemicals, synthetic cannabinoids, sprayed onto plant material which is either inhaled or ingested, producing a similar high as marijuana derived from the cannabis plant.

“Most are not directly subject to federal law; that’s where a local board of health can come in,” said chairman Jared V. Goldstone, who is also a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

There are hundreds of variations of these chemicals that are not considered Class 1 controlled substances Dr. Goldstone said. Synthetic cannabinoids are often sold as potpourri or incense and labeled “not for human consumption” to avoid any regulation.