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It's called legal pot, but it won't be legal for long. The Drug Enforcement Administration is forcing smoke shops to pull the product off their shelves before the end of the year.
Employees at local smoke shops would not talk about the pending ban on so-called fake pot products including Spice and K-2, but their customers did.
"It kind of gives you a buzz," said James Burns.
Burns says he's been smoking the insence for about eight months.
"It just calms the nerves, you don't have to worry about getting arrested," said Burns.
The supposed benefits of Spice and K-2 are about to end. On November 24 the dea published a notice of intent to control five chemicals used to make fake pot. The agency must wait thirty days to formally impose a ban.
"They treat tobacco type products or incense with many kinds of compounds. There can be over 150 chemicals so we don't know what they're reacting to," said poison education specialist Liz Barta.
Staff members at the arizona poison and drug information center say a ban would be a good start.
They say the center averages about ten calls a month related to health emergencies caused by smoking fake pot.
"Their hearts are beating so hard they're feeling very scared very anxious very nauseous and they may have had a seizure," said Barta.
"Sometimes it make you feel like a panic attack kind of," said Burns. "Just don't overdo it."
Burns says getting high legally is worth the risk of a bad trip. He thinks fake pot should be regulated so it can stay on the market.
"Everything you know you have to be responsible. If not, there's always the risk of you know the bad stuff that can happen to you."
Once banned, products like Spice, K-2, Blaze, and Red X Dawn will be designated as schedule one substances. That's the same classification for real marijuana.