The Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday banned for at least a year the chemicals used to make “K2” and “Spice,” popular smokeable herbs that mimic the marijuana high.
The DEA used its emergency power to control five chemicals used to coat the herbs. The DEA placed the chemicals into Schedule 1, the most restrictive category under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Schedule 1 drugs have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.
At least 18 states have banned the chemicals.