Synthetic marijuana ban passes Minnesota House
The Minnesota House has voted nearly unanimously to crack down on the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. And a last-minute amendment will also make driving while under its influence a prosecutable offense.
K2, Spice, Demon, Triple X, Mr. Nice Guy--whatever you want to call the chemically treated concoction--has come under increasing fire from state and local lawmakers for months.
Contrary to the views of users and head shop owners, law-and-order types view it as a significant public health threat. Either way, it's grown in popularity, as we told you in a cover story last year.
Soon to be illegal.
"Synthetic marijuana is a dangerous misnomer," St. Peter DFLer Terry Morrow said yesterday. "We're talking about a dangerous chemical that's being smoked by high school and college kids and others."
HF 57 passed by 124-4 vote. But it's not clear how soon the Senate will take up the measure, because no one has yet sponsored the legislation there. (Read the bill here.)
More synthetic marijuana coverage:
- K2 and the synthetic marijuana boom [COVER STORY]
- Synthetic marijuana bans spread to Princeton and Hastings
- Synthetic marijuana: Statewide ban in the works
- Duluth won't enforce its synthetic marijuana ban
- Minnesota head shops sue DEA over synthetic marijuana
- Synthetic marijuana: Head shops' lawyer says DEA overreached
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