Its name on the street is K2 or spice. It's a manufactured substance that spread like wildfire across Europe just a few years ago.
Now, it has jumped the pond and hit the United States. This new drug can be bought over the Internet or in the convenience store on the corner. The high people experience from K2 is very similar to marijuana, but the drug itself is very different.
In this edition of The Buzz, we sit down with Alison Lawrence, a criminal justice policy analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Alison is one of the only people in the United States tracking state legislation regarding the drug K2.
Alison takes time to explain this new drug and why existing state laws do not make K2 illegal. She also breaks down the actions state legislators took during the 2010 legislative session to combat K2 and what legislators are working on for the 2011 session.