The new law beats chemists at their own game.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
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Definitions in the city's existing law makes it easy for K2 pushers to distribute in Hazelwood and it not be illegal so long as the product formula changes. That will soon change, pending a second reading and final vote.
Call it what you want: K2, Spice, Genie. But synthetic marijuana has grown to become a household name, even though it is illegal in Missouri. The chemists behind the product are finding ways around Missouri and Hazelwood laws banning the drug, by simply altering the drug's formula. But Hazelwood officials are not sitting back and watching. They're combating the problem head-on. Hazelwood introduced an amendment to the existing law banning synthetic marijuana broadening the definition of synthetic marijuana so that no matter how chemists alter the foundation of the drug, all versions will remain illegal. "We have a problem where chemistry stays one step ahead of legislature," said Hazelwood attorney Kevin O'Keefe. "We have a law on the …