MN Lawmakers Call For Ban On Synthetic Marijuana

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MN Lawmakers Call For Ban On Synthetic Marijuana

November 23, 2010 Updated Nov 23, 2010 at 12:49 PM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) Wednesday, State Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, other lawmakers, and members of the Minnesota law enforcement community will hold a news conference at the state capitol to discuss legislation to classify synthetic marijuana as a Schedule I drug and make it illegal to sell or possess in Minnesota.

The news conference will feature Stacy Huberty, a Hastings resident whose son was hospitalized after smoking synthetic marijuana in June.

Synthetic marijuana is often known as “Spice” or “K2” and is packed and sold as herbal incense.

It is made up of herbs and synthetic compounds that are similar to THC, the natural chemical found in marijuana.

However, the synthetic drug produces much stronger and more dangerous side effects, including heart palpitations, respiratory issues, vomiting, agitation, panic attacks, and delusions.