ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A Minnesota state senator wants to crack down on fake marijuana sold as herbal incense but potentially more dangerous.
Democratic State Sen. Katie Sieben, of Newport, plans to introduce a bill next month banning the phony pot, which is sold as incense under the names “Spice” or “K2.”
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“It’s being ingested or smoked by people as a way to get high,” said Sieben.
Unlike traditional marijuana, Sieben said the synthetic pot contains herbs and chemical compounds that can produce stronger and more risky side effects including heart palpitations, respiratory issues, vomiting, panic attacks and delusions.
“We’re seeing its use increase rapidly among teenagers because it’s currently legal in Minnesota,” said Sieben.
Twenty-nine other states have taken action against the fake marijuana, which is sold at gas stations, convenience stores, smoke shops and music stores.