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Committee endorses ban on synthetic marijuana

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers are moving quickly to ban synthetic marijuana after police said it's a growing problem in area high schools.

A state Senate committee endorsed legislation Wednesday that would make possession of the fake pot a misdemeanor. The bill now moves to the Senate floor. A similar ban was proposed in the House.

The ban would prohibit products such as K2, the brand name of an herbal mix sold at a Lawrence store that contains synthetic cannabinoids. The product acts on the brain similarly to marijuana, but does not currently fall under drug laws.

Kansas would be the first state in the nation to ban the products.