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.

Comments (26)
  1. glad Shelbys Gone says:

    Oh, so side affects similar to coffee?

  2. Molly says:

    Please pass this Ban on K2…..It is very dangerous to teens…..

    1. Anonymous says:

      How is it dangerous to teens? It’s no different than Marijuana besides the synthetic factor.

      I bet you’ll say that Marijuana is dangerous too.

  3. Billy feels great says:

    I love K2, Its soo wonderful. K2 makes you fee soo alert and alive. Please don’t ban K2.

  4. Matt says:

    Government needs to stop playing the roll of big brother, stop “protecting” consumers and start letting people be responsible for their actions. It’s not like making Marijuana illegal has slowed teens from using it.

    At the most put a sin tax on it and make sure that those using it can’t hurt others. The roll of government is to stop others from hurting you and year freedom, not from hurting themselves.

  5. Nancy says:

    ROFL, what system? The political system? Just a pinch more oregano….

  6. Janet says:

    I am a K2 user and I love it

  7. Kyle.H says:

    FORGET IT, K2 IS BOMBB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Nate Hoffmann says:

    Pretty sad when we need the government to protect us from ourselves. If you want to use K2, use it. Sure we can ban it for kids under 18..but they’ll get it if they really want it (see cigarettes and alcohol). Just another ‘drug’ to add to the ineffective disaster that is the War on Drugs.

    1. James Lueck says:

      So I guess if people want to be strung out on Meth that the government should just let them, and stay out of their buisness on that issue as well right?

      1. benjamin says:

        yup…just keep simulant users in a controled setting, stimulant drugs like meth, coke, and crack can make users dangreous to others and will kill their users quickly…if you are honestly aware of the risks you would probably never want to take something like that, but at some point we have to realize our bodys our own and what we wish to do with or to then is your bussiness and no one elses. if you wanterd to make a eunech of yourself well thats your choice, not gonna stop you, might even loan you a pair of snippers, but ultimately its on you

  9. What says:

    Something else will just come along. Just legalize the real stuff.

  10. Darwinism anyone? says:

    Why ban it? Let’s stop putting up safety blockades so the dimwits can be removed from the gene pool for once, rather than letting them grow up from dumb teens to become welfare driven adults.

    To quote George Carlin: “What happened to the days when the kid who ate too many marbles didn’t get to grow up and have kids of his own?”

    1. Jacquis says:

      That is a really offensive comment. I’ve know a lot of people that have smoked and are still smoking marijuana that are very successful and intelligent individuals, none of whom have ever been on welfare.

  11. Scared says:

    I tried Purple Haze once, if it’s anyting like that outlaw it. Scared me to death and I couldn’t even imagine someone trying to drive or function on it. Thought I was going to die.

  12. skippy says:

    You see that is what PARENTS are supposed to help with. Maybe, just MAYBE instead of leglislating common sense PARENTS should TALK to their kids about it. You know COMMUNICATION would solve alot of problems. As for the risks involved and the problems it causes PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY comes into play. You play with fire you will get burned.

    Spare me the violins.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Marijuana and K2 is NOT ADDICTING. 97% of people in Marijuana rehab are there because it’s either that or prison, not by choice.

  14. Jim says:

    “heart palpitations, respiratory issues, vomiting, panic attacks and delusions.”

    Okay, so it’s no worse than Alcohol?

    Why are we trying to ban this (And keeping Marijuana illegal) when the side effects are no worse than Alcohol, which is 100% perfectly legal to 21+?

  15. Really?! says:

    First off, @Concerned Parent, if you’re family has spent so much money on treatment programs and all of that stuff, didn’t they tell you somewhere along the path that drug addiction isn’t just because of the drug. It’s the escape from reality the user experiences that gets them hooked. Obviously there must be other things going on in your child’s life that need to be addressed first. There are tons of factors that lead an individual to become addicted to a drug, not just the drug itself. This is what is wrong with the government; they hear one case like this, say this must be bad, and then try to ban it. Well maybe we should ban Mcdonalds, Burger King, and actually, lets ban the activity of swimming because I had a friend who drowned, so water must be awful. Lets ban water next, it’s not safe! … you get the point.
    I’ve tried K2 and spice, and some other similar mixes. All of the ingredients were used by the ancient Chinese people; most of the ingredients were used DURING childbirth as a way to calm the mother. And guess what?? I enjoyed the experience of K2 and Spice! It was relaxing, fun, and a better high than weed. Also, it made me a lot less paranoid than pot does. And another thing, pot isn’t bad. It gets you high because it mimics a chemical our body naturally produces called anandamine. This chemical is useful in helping us ‘forget.’ When we walk down the street, we don’t want to, or need to, remember every face that we see, every rock, ever number on a license plate, etc. This chemical helps us forget those things and clears up our mind. THC (aka Delta-9-Tetrahydrocanibinol) binds to the same receptors as anadamine, which triggers responses in other parts of the brain, especially along the dopaminergic pathway. This makes us feel good when we’re high. Look up some facts on why weed is illegal–you’ll find that deep within it, it is rooted in racism, prejudice, and discrimination. So I ask one question: Is this really where we’re at in 2010?
    The government needs to get off people’s backs. Hope you enjoyed my post. Oh, and I almost forgot, I’m a medical student. Enjoy! 🙂

    1. nick bakke says:

      atleast someone else put up a valid point and isnt a concerned parent or stuck up adult i have one of the most stressful jobs in the world and i know other people with my job that do drugs and they say it helps them forget things they dont want to remember i dont need to forget and i dont do drugs or alcohol so it may not be in my area but people just need to get over the fact that theres always gonna be another way

  16. benjamin crabbe says:

    i have tried a number of synthetic mixes, they are usually less strong or long lasting than marijuana. Most people who are smoking synthetic mixes are adults who don’t want to deal with legal consequences of marijuana possession or are worried about a positive drug test at work. I have never experienced any adverse side effects from either marijuana or synthetic mixes. I have seen more stupid, dangerous behavior as the result of heavy drinking than marijuana or synthetic use. Were marijuana available from a regulated & taxed source it would provide revenue to cash-strapped state & local governments while allowing adults an alternative to alcohol, a drug the medical journal The Lancet found to be more dangerous than heroin. The War on Drugs is a failed policy that has cost too much time, money, and human suffering to be continued. We need to wake up, be honest about the risks associated with recreational drugs and, as adults, make informed choices about what we wish to put into our bodies. Making synthetic mixes illegal will simply create a new black market for them and increase their “street value”, ask yourself, is that really a good idea?

  17. Erik says:

    Marijuana contributes to Teen Suicide. I know from my own experience, Marijuana was a source of confusion and a self esteem issue during my highschool years.

    Fake Weed isn’t safe and it promotes Marijuana. And if Tobacco is such a bad evil thing in the world, in my opinion Marijuana and fake substitutes are worse.

  18. Gro Masters says:

    Everyone needs to support legalizing medical marijuana because its the right thing to do! Do a google search for marijuana helps ms and thats just one search, there are many! please support medical marijuana…

  19. jeff braun says:

    How about we ban alcohol? Far more dangerous than fake weed or real weed. It is prejudice to ban something that irresponsible teens get their hands on. Teens are getting drunk everyday and dying from car accidents or alcohol poisoning. Why put blame on a substance. When the blame should be put on the kids who use it. Or the people who get it for a minor. Maybe we should ban tobacco too. Teens smoke cigarettes and know cares. How about stiffer coniquences to anyone under the legal age to.purchase? I smoke this fakey bakey as I call it. And I have never had.any negative side effects. You ban something killing young adults. Ban alcohol.

  20. nick bakke says:

    ok what people dont seem to understand is that the more stuff you ban the more ways people are going to find to get their fix no matter what they have to do. People are always saying the side affects are horrible blah blah blah most medications have somewhat or close to the same side affects. Now i dont do drugs i dont drink but just legalize it and tax it so people can get over it make it legal in certain areas of the state and sell permits and stuff who knows even make restrictions as to where you can use it. Im just saying this so people can get over it or quit complaining about it