K2 a step closer to being banned in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has given initial approval to a ban on a widely available chemical that mimics the effects of marijuana.

Monday's voice vote advances the bill to final House action. It would go next to the state Senate.

The measure would ban synthetic compounds that are sprayed on dried herbs and flowers to give users a marijuana-like high.

House members rejected an amendment legalizing medical marijuana in the state. An amendment to require prescriptions for a decongestant used to make methamphetamine also was rejected.