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German drug czar seeks ban on Spice

German drug czar seeks ban on Spice

Germany will ban the sale and possession of the herbal drug mixture known as "spice," after finding it contained a synthetic ingredient similar to marijuana, the country's drug czar said Tuesday.
Drug Commissioner Sabine Baetzing is seeking a ban on the blend by the end of January after research on "spice" found that it was four times more powerful than marijuana. Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands have also banned the herb mix.
"Consumption of this substance is dangerous for a person's health," Baetzing said in a statement.
Authorities across Europe have been taking a closer look "spice" since its use became trendy earlier this year. They say it is being sold on the street as well as in so-called "head shops."
Officials say "spice" is typically rolled into cigarettes and smoked.
The drug has been marketed under a variety of different blends, or flavors including "Spice Silver," "Spice Gold," "Spice Diamond," "Spice Arctic Synergy," "Spice Tropical Synergy" and "Spice Yukatan Fire."
Meanwhile, the colorful metallic 3-gram packages of "spice" continue to fly off the shelves in Berlin's alternative Kreuzberg district, where it sells for around


Updated : 2021-05-07 16:32 GMT+08:00