August 01, 2012
The Mankato area Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force was getting calls from parents every week worried that their teenage children were buying synthetic marijuana at local stores and smoking it. Hopefully a new law that goes into effect today will change that.
Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force Agent Ginger Peterson tells KTOE News that the stuff was being bought and sold in the Mankato area. She says worried parents called every week telling the task force that their children were buying and smoking the synthetic marijana from local stores.
Agent Peterson says the synthetic marijuana is often worse than the real thing because the synthetic chemicals used in making it can be hallucinogenic and even cause psychosis in users.
A new law in effect today makes it a felony to sell the products and will make it easier for law enforcers to keep up with changing chemical formulas.