ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An effort to criminalize synthetic marijuana sold as herbal incense has easily cleared the Minnesota House with bipartisan support.

The bill from Republican Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove passed on a 124-4 vote on Thursday.

Fake marijuana called K2 or Spice contains herbs and chemical compounds that mimic the effect of real marijuana when smoked. The substance can cause risky side effects such as heart palpitations, panic attacks and delusions.

The legislation would punish the sale of synthetic marijuana with fines of up to $3,000. Possessing the substance could bring penalties of up to 90 days in jail, fines of up to $1,000 or both.

Kriesel and others say it’s time to crack down on teenagers who are smoking the drug.

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Comments (4)
  1. Ed says:

    It’s for the best, the real stuff is better for you and it’s only a $110 fine if you get caught.

  2. Ana says:

    Just another unsuccessful attempt to further wage the war on drugs!! Truly a waste of time and money. Criminal punishment for a social crime will never work, stop this unecessary and foolish fight!

  3. cindy says:

    hypocrits they are trying to pass a law to grow medical mj for export reasons to increase money flow for Minnesota but god forbid should we pass anything for the people of minnesota who could beneifit from medical uses

  4. Robert says:

    “There have been almost 9.5 million marijuana arrests in the United States since 1995, including 872,720 arrests in 2007 – more than for all violent crimes combined, and an all-time record. One person is arrested for marijuana every 36 seconds. About 89% of all marijuana arrests are for possession – not manufacture or distribution”.-Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports, Crime in the United States, annually. (This will only add to the numbers) is a great site for some information, who to contact and a form letter to send.

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