Proposal to ban synthetic marijuana in Minnesota coming

A crackdown in Minnesota may be coming on synthetic marijuana, which is now legally sold as herbal incense.

Officials on Wednesday will announce planned legislation that would classify synthetic marijuana as a Schedule I drug and make it illegal to sell or possess in Minnesota.

Some cities have already considered banning the substance, and Duluth passed a ban but isn’t enforcing it pending a lawsuit.

Scheduled to attend a morning news conference with state Sen. Katie Sieben are:

  • Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell
  • Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom
  • Cottage Grove Police Officer (Investigator) Dan Schoen
  • Cody Wiberg, executive director, Minnesota Board of Pharmacy

They’ll say that synthetic marijuana — or  “Spice” or “K2” — is made up of herbs and synthetic compounds similar to THC, the natural chemical found in marijuana. They say it has dangerous side effects, including heart palpitations, respiratory issues, vomiting, agitation, panic attacks and delusions.

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  1. Submitted by Dan Feidt on 11/23/2010 - 06:53 pm.

    This is only a public health concern because the same people hosting this press conference are professionally obliged to keep the scandalously corrupt & failed war on drugs alive.

    I know for a fact that James Backstrom will run away and refuse to answer questions when you demand he explain the role of cannabis in human society prior to the 20th century. His entire worldview is premised on maintaining the illusion that it had no role.

    Likewise all members of law enforcement & other authority branches refuse to explain how all the drug money moves through the banking system. Instead they want to pick upon ever smaller figures & conduct, anything to avoid noticing how the banks launder drug money. Fake weed is disgusting but not as disgusting as this professional campaign of wasteful repression.

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