Daily Archives: March 10, 2010

Governor signs ban of fake marijuana

TOPEKA – A chemical used to create ersatz marijuana and a substance similar to Ecstasy will soon be illegal in Kansas.

Gov. Mark Parkinson on Wednesday signed House Bill 2411 which bans a fake marijuana substance commonly called K2, which is marketed as incense. The measure also bans possession or use of BZP which mimics Ecstasy.

“This legislation has received overwhelming support by Kansas law enforcement and the legislature,” said Parkinson in a written statement. “It will help improve our communities by bettering equipping law enforcement officers in addressing this issue and deterring Kansans from drug use.”

The bill goes into effect when it is published in the Kansas registry, which is published every Thursday.

Governor to sign indoor smoking ban bill on Friday

TOPEKA – Gov. Mark Parkinson on Friday will sign a bill banning indoor smoking in most indoor spaces.

The measure, House Bill 2221 would bar indoor smoking starting July 1, although it does allow smoking on the gaming floors of the state-owned casinos. The measure overrides less comprehensive local smoking bans such as the one in Wichtia.

The governor, a Democrat, has pushed for the smoking ban this year and been a vocal supporter of the measure.

He is scheduled to sign the bill 10 a.m. on Friday. Additional ceremonies are scheduled in Kansas City, Kan. and Salina, the times and locations are listed below.

Kansas City

1:30 p.m., Monday, March 15 School of Nursing Atrium University of Kansas Medical Center 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City

Salina

3:30 p.m., Monday, March 15 Salina-Saline County Health Department Conference Room A 125 West Elm Street, Salina

Sedgwick County through second wave of H1N1, official tells commissioners

The second wave of H1N1 is over in Sedgwick County, an H1N1 incident responder told commissioners today.

Janice McCoy, a health protection coordinator and an HIN1 responder for the county, said the county’s rate of influenza-like illnesses was below the state’s baseline.

H1N1 cases continue to drop and are below seasonal flu rates, she said.

Four deaths in Sedgwick County were confirmed as caused by H1N1, she said. There were 317 confirmed cases from April 1, 2009, through March 5.

The county received 160,000 doses of vaccine through March 5, and about 118,300 doses were administered, which covered about 25 percent of the population. Private providers administered 60,300 doses, and the county’s health department administered 58,000.

The county’s H1N1 clinic at the Wichita Mall on East Harry will be open through March 26.