Minn. Lawmakers Want To Ban ‘Synthetic Pot’

By Holly Wagner, WCCO-TV

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Some Minnesota lawmakers are looking to ban what’s known as “synthetic pot.”

A bill was introduced Thursday morning that would make it illegal to buy and sell the substance.

It’s marketed as incense, but some people use it to get high. And it’s growing in popularity — especially among teenagers.

There’s been a lot of controversy about this because the side effects are said to be more intense than marijuana, causing heart palpitations, hallucinations and vomiting.

At the hearing, an assistant principal at Rosemont High School told the story of a student who collapsed and went into convulsions at school after overdosing on synthetic pot.

Just recently a YouTube video of Miley Cyrus made headlines.

The singing star is reportedly seen smoking synthetic pot and laughing hysterically.

She was reportedly smoking what’s known as Salvia, other types of synthetic pot are sold under names like Spice and K2.

The bill introduced by lawmakers in the House would make selling and/ or possessing the substance punishable by jail time and a fine.

Rep. John Kriesel, of Cottage Grove, is one of the authors of the bill.

“I have an 8- and a 9-year-old and this is something I don’t want available when they’re old enough to be around that stuff,” Kriesel said.

He said he’s heard from people in Cottage Grove and Hastings that this is a big problem and that’s part of why he wanted to spearhead an effort to create this bill.  Kriesel said this bill has bi-partisan support and he expects this to pass the House and Senate.

Twenty-nine states have taken action on the buying and selling of fake pot.

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  • Emeraldprince

    I know that here in Ireland they banned most of these type of substances. There is a huge problem with it over here. You see it every Saturday night. It is mostly a mix of drugs and this stuff washed down with alcohol.

  • jon

    Just legalize the real stuff and have it fall under the same rules as alcohol for driving and cigarettes for everything else. These substitutes are more dangerous and people will never stop coming up with something new.

  • Jay

    Jon is right!!
    Are you dumb – alcohol is way worse than pot – even the synthetic stuff and I have to disagree – the fake stuff is nothing like the real stuff – I’ve tried about 10 different kinds – it’s nothing

  • Mike Hunt

    Synthetic pot doesn’t have anything to do with Cannabis. Seems as though some people are out to give pot a bad name, because this stuff is sprayed with chemicals & that is what is giving people the high effect. I say leagalize it all & the dumb ones will die off soon enough.

  • Victim Du Jour

    Being high or drunk does not compare to the butterflies in my chest and lump in my throat noticing Holly Wagner wearing glasses for this story.

    Wow is she pretty!

    • GomersPile in TC's

      A true beauty

  • Jay

    Good ups Mike!

  • Dan Peterson

    Salvia is NOT synthetic pot. its an entirely different substance. try some fact checking News Idiots

  • Hollz

    Check your facts. Salvia is not a type of synthetic pot. K2 and Spice are brands of not pot, but salvia is an entirely different drug. It does make you halucinate; however, thus far I have only heard of one person dying while in direct contact with it. If I remember right, he had a psychological problem, possibly depression, which can be compounded by using any mood altering substance. Alcohol being a major one. This is a plant, not something cooked up in a factory like not pot. Bottom line: If you’re worried about the dangerous side effects of salvia and not pot, you might as well just legalize cannabis and prevent any further corporate experimentation with substances. All they have to do is change one ingredient and they can market these drugs under a different name, and its going to keep happening.

    • Victim Du Jour

      Marijuana does not have standards either, there are so many ways of growing it, and you don’t know what the plants are exposed too. Fertilizers, pesticides and pollution can all change it’s health aspects.

      Marijuana is a filthy habit too

  • Ignorance must be bliss

    Anyone else find it funny that a father is saying “I have an 8- or 9-year-old” and does not know how old his children are? the other thing is they can go ahead and make htis illegal and then 6 months down the road we can have this same conversation about the synthetic – synthetic pot since we should all know by now that they will just change it a little bit and put it back out for sale. It is the political cycle of stupidity.

  • Kate

    If you watch the video he say and 8 AND a 9 year old, not an 8 or a 9 year old. Don’t be mad at the guy because you won’t be able to smoke synthetic pot anymore.

    • Ignorance must be bliss

      Did I say I was mad about that or did I say that I found this funny in the report? How about you don’t read into comments and actually read what is put down. As a side note, I have never tried any of these and never would as I think this is just stupid. If I wanted to get high there is no shortage of the real thing around.

      • RE: Ignorance must be bliss

        You said it was funny that he said “I have an 8- or 9-year-old” but if you watch the video he didn’t say that. How about you don’t make foolish comments when you don’t know what was actually said.

      • Ignorance must be bliss

        1s again I was quoting the report, and if this is all you have to write about this must either be a slow news day or you are just complaining to complain. I do not look at this as foolish as if you read the report that is exactly what is said. So instead of getting mad at me why don’t you take this up with WCCO.

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    This is why parents need to do a better job at watching their kids!

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