ILLINOIS (WICS/WRSP) — A new Illinois law is cracking down on synthetic cannabinoids - also known as fake weed, K-2 or spice.
Lawmakers introduced the measure after several people died after using synthetic cannabinoids.
The Illinois Department of Public Health found that outbreak to be linked with a batch of fake weed, laced with rat poison.
In the past, only specific formulas were banned, which allowed drug makers to circumvent the law by making minor change to the drug's chemical composition.
This new law closes that loophole and bans synthetic cannabinoids across the board.
People caught making or selling the drugs could face up to five years in prison.
Possessing the substance could land you in jail for at least one year.