ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A legal herb with effects similar to marijuana is becomingincreasingly popular among high school kids in Albuquerque.
Police at Albuquerque Public Schools are on the lookout for anew product called Gonjah.
"This is definitely something new that a lot of the guys hadnever head about," said Lt. Allan Rider of APS Police.
Police have made several busts after high school students werecaught with Gonjah on campus, said Rider.
The green, leafy product is sold at smoke shops and online.
It is billed as incense not for human consumption, but peopleare smoking it and talking about it online.
"Every time I smoke it I get so blasted, all I want to do islaugh and sit around and do nothing," said one man who made aYouTube video about smoking the herb.
That is what scares moms like Yvette Parras, who said Gonjahcould be a legal way for her teen to get high.
"My concern is it would maybe even get into middle school andelementary school kids' hands," Parras said. "That is where itcould become an issue I think."
APS Police said the students who were caught with the herb weresuspended, but not arrested, since it is legal.
"What we have determined is we have to take some administrativeaction because they are bringing some contraband essentially tocampus," Rider said.
Parras said some teens avoid marijuana since it is illegal andthat could be one less hurdle when it comes to Gonjah.
"With this thing legal, your only consequences could be withyour parents," she said. "But there are times where parents don'tknow what their kids are actually doing."
Gonjah has been compared to Salvia, another potent herb thatsome people smoke to get high.
Salvia has been banned in some states, but Gonjah remains legalin all 50 states.
Salvia is still legal in New Mexico, although there
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