Replay- MN Lawmakers Call for Ban on Synthetic Marijuana

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This morning at the State Capitol, State Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, other lawmakers, and members of the Minnesota law enforcement community will discuss legislation to classify synthetic marijuana as a Schedule I drug and make it illegal to sell or possess in Minnesota. The news conference will feature Stacy Huberty, a Hastings resident whose son was hospitalized after smoking synthetic marijuana in June. Synthetic marijuana is often known as “Spice” or “K2” and is packed and sold as herbal incense. It is made up of herbs and synthetic compounds that are similar to THC, the natural chemical found in marijuana. However, the synthetic drug produces much stronger and more dangerous side effects, including heart palpitations, respiratory issues, vomiting, agitation, panic attacks and delusions.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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