Even though the sale of synthetic marijuana is legal in Macon County, Sheriff Robert Holland says that illegal versions of the drug are being sold and it is a problem that his department is currently taking measures against.
“We are aware it is an issue and a problem and we are taking measures to address it,” said Holland. “It is very difficult when you are talking about chemical compounds and scientific makeup of the substances.”
Synthetic marijuana, which is sold under many names including K2, incense, and Spice, is typically a blend of herbal mixtures that when consumed create effects similar to cannabis, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The product can be found in gas stations and in smoke shops. The packaging for the substance clearly states "not for human consumption," but people often buy them for their psychoactive effects.