TOPEKA | The Kansas House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would make it more difficult to use chemicals in a herbal mixture that some say mimics the effects of marijuana.
The mixture, called K2, drew the attention of lawmakers after it began showing up in the state, mostly in Douglas and Johnson counties.
Law enforcement officers say teenagers are using the substance to get high. Users and sellers of the mixture say K2 helps allievate pain for those with chronic illnesses.
On Tuesday, the House advanced the bill, which would add two chemicals found in K2 to the state's controlled substances list. It also would make possession of K2 a misdemeanor offense. Two other chemicals that mimic Ecstasy also would be banned.
The Senate has already passed a similar bill. If it becomes law, the bill would require a prescription for the chemicals in K2.