Missouri House Committee Hears Why Fake Marijuana is O.K.
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Missouri House Committee Hears Why Fake Marijuana is O.K.

Date: April 20, 2010
By: Max Reiss
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 887

Intro:  The Senate already passed a ban on fake marijuana and a Missouri House Committee considered the idea Tuesday.
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Wrap: In a room filled with suits, lawmakers, and lobbyists, a ponytailed, unshaven man defended synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 in front of the House Public Safety Committee Tuesday.

Actuality:  RIGGS2.WAV
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Description: "In my observations, it's not something addictive like you would see in nicotine, or tobacco."

Micah Riggs sells K2 out of his Downtown Kansas City Coffee Shop.

He says lawmakers should mind their own business and let people do what they want to do.

Actuality:  RIGGS1.WAV
Run Time:  00:03
Description: "At the end of the day, we would like some privacy be able to enjoy themselves."

Riggs says he's sold the synthetic marijuana to recently returned Iraq War Veterans who use it to unwind.

From the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

Intro:  Lawmakers and Vendors each weighed in on the K2 debate during a House Public Safety Committee Hearing Tuesday.
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Wrap: Opponents to a statewide ban on synthetic marijuana say the drug is no big deal and a moneymaker for small business.

But lawmakers from both parties on the House Public Safety Committee want to ban the drug known as K2.

Democrat Jeff Roorda says the law should address real and fake marijuana the same way - make them illegal.

Actuality:  JROORDA1.WAV
Run Time:  00:15
Description: "People say that accidents are not caused by people driving under the influence of marijuana or its chemical cousin and we all know that's not true. They don't get tested because it's so expensive to drag those guys out to a hospital and draw their blood. But they're dangerous nonetheless."

The committee did not vote on the ban.

From the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

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