Synthetic Marijuana Debate Moves to State, Federal Level

By KBJR News 1

November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 6:21 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The debate surrounding synthetic marijuana, or K2, has been a contested topic in the Northland for awhile.

Now, the debate is taking on broader horizons.

Minnesota lawmakers called Wednesday for a statewide ban on the substance, which is made up of herbs and compounds similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

On a federal level, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency also announced an emergency action to ban the chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana.

That emergency ban would last a year, but cannot take effect until at least 30 days from now.

"I've always thought from the beginning that this was a state issue, if not a national issue, in terms of regulation and enforcement," Duluth City Council President Jeff Anderson said. "It's difficult for a community like Duluth to say you can't buy it here, but you can go to Proctor, or Hermantown, or Superior, or buy it on the Internet."

City councils in several Northland communities have recently passed bans on K-2, including Duluth, Superior, and Hermantown.

Duluth's ban is not currently being currently enforced due to pending litigation.

Posted by Zach Schneider