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The Board of Health bans K2 in Arkansas

It is now illegal to sell K2 across the state. The Board of Health voted to declare an emergency to put the ban in place for the next 120 days while they study the effects of K2.
It is now illegal to sell K2 across the state. The board of health voted to declare an emergency to put the ban in place for the next 120 days while they study the effects of K2.

"This certainly is one we feel we need to address for the sake of the public's health," says Paul Halverson with the Arkansas Department of Health.

They've seen some symptoms, "Hyper-excitable states, huge anxiety, rapid pulse, high blood pressure, delirium, confusion," says Doctor Joe Bates.

The chairman of the board of health put the proposed ban of the marijuana like substance to a vote. A majority vote makes it illegal to sell K2 anywhere in the state of Arkansas.

Mike Gurley at Abby Road immediately stopped selling it but he's not happy.

"We're too stupid to run our own lives here, they've got to run our lives," says Gurley.

Board member Marvin Leibovich an emergency room doctor cast the lone vote against the ban. He feels K2 is a problem but says there are worse substances they deal with in the ER like alcohol.

"That's 40,000 problems we have from alcohol but yet we're going to say there's an emergency that exits because of 26 cases in Arkansas? To me I don't think there's an emergency in the state."

But with Governor Beebe's signature the emergency ban is in place for the next 120 days at which time it could become permanent. If you are caught selling K2 it's a misdemeanor charge, the fine is between $100 and $500.
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