The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has recently announced five chemicals that will be added to its list of Scheduled One controlled substances.
The chemicals being banned are used to create "fake pot" products such as Spike, K2, Blaze, and Red X Dawn. A section in the Ohio Revised Code requires that any changes made nationally will be enforced automatically on the state level.
"If we find a local business that is still selling them we will give them a warning and will make them stop selling them immediately and if they continue selling them we will charge them criminally just like we would anyone else," said Zanesville Police Chief Eric Lambes.
Chief Lambes said they want to educate retailers before they jump right to arresting them.
"Most of our business owners around town they don’t want to sell any illegal products and once they’re aware that they law has changed, we’ve never had a problem where they refused to take it off," he said.
Any products containing the banned substances must be returned to the manufacturer within 90 days or given to law enforcement agencies for disposal.