Minnesota lawmakers search for ways to curb soaring use of synthetic drugs

  • Article by: Abby Simons , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 10, 2013 - 10:28 AM

Legislators hear from experts on extent of the growing problem.

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hardrainJul. 9, 1310:52 PM

Look, there's no question that these synthetic cannabinoids are nasty, nasty stuff. But when are we going to learn that making drugs illegal does very little to reduce availability and use? Have legislators learned NOTHING from 40 years of the failed war on drug ... users? Stop it. Just legalize the harmless, natural plant. Demand for the synthetic crap would vanish overnight. "Simonson said the marijuana debate is unrelated to the fight against synthetic drugs and “really needs to be treated separately.”" .... Because .... why? Seems pretty closely related to me.

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Joe BobJul. 9, 1310:53 PM

Want to reduce the use of synthetic cannabinoids? Legalize natural cannabinoids, i.e.: the plant. No one smokes chemical compounds of questionable origin because they prefer them. They smoke them because marijuana is illegal. Legalize marijuana and the synthetic problem solves itself.

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hobie2Jul. 9, 1310:53 PM

Oh, wait.. other options so we can remove contaminated synthetic drugs from the streets... wait.. give me a second here... synthetic marijuana contaminated with brain fry and zombie metals... hmmm... a war on drugs? again... Hey, how about remove the need for synthetics?... maybe with some natural thing... natural plant, maybe?... reliable levels, no street-cut fake with weedkiller kicker... Got it! Legalize marijuana!.... (ok, I realize most got that answer two seconds after reading the first paragraph of the article, but we have to be gentle with the legislators - they are so sadly naive at street habits, and the obvious is something a legislator rarely ever picks. Gotta kinda herd 'em....) Legalize marijuana for free, American, self-aware adults.

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grude420Jul. 9, 1311:03 PM

Hey, I got a crazy idea.. if you want to get rid of the usage of synthetic marijuana (which has killed people) why don't you just legalize marijuana? Marijuana has never caused a single death because of consumption in the thousands of years it has been on planet earth.

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lazer29Jul. 9, 1311:06 PM

I got an idea. Mary Jane has not killed one person. Legalize it and all the other problems go away. The war on drugs is a war on the poor. Period.

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luzhishenJul. 10, 1312:59 AM

Legalize pot and watch the synthetic junk vanish.

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chemnpJul. 10, 13 2:40 AM

If we're really considering making these synthetic chemicals illegal because they killed one teenager, shouldn't we make alcohol illegal? And by that logic, as pointed out by the previous posters, marijuana should be legal (as well as hemp, which I find unbelievable that it's still illegal).

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elind56Jul. 10, 13 7:04 AM

"That could put legislators in the position of banning fake cannabis while legalizing the real stuff."--------------------------When the real stuff is legalized, the fake stuff goes away. I'm quite certain you couldn't find any takers even if you were GIVING away the fake stuff in Colorado or Washington state. Some people just can't see the forest for the trees.

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owatonnabillJul. 10, 13 7:28 AM

"Have legislators learned NOTHING from 40 years of the failed war on drug ... users? Stop it. Just legalize the harmless, natural plant. Demand for the synthetic crap would vanish overnight." .............. Ain't it the truth! People who are looking to get high, will get high one way or another. Instead of having these people ingest "designer" cannabinoids or ersatz cocaine cut with anything and everything from powdered sugar to Dran-O, just make the real thing legal, available and cheap. Studies have shown that where this is the case, drug use does not go up and usually goes down! Plus, the unwanted side-effects that the various additives to these designer drugs cause is no longer a problem. The "War on Drugs" is a costly, embarrassing failure. Time to switch gears.

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cyberhaze9Jul. 10, 13 7:29 AM

Just another example of prohibition causing more problems than it cures. And what is lawmakers solution, more expansive strict prohibition? Not only are illegal drugs more available than ever, but now we are flooded with increasingly dangerous synthetics which would not exist if not for the drug war. The same war the provides such incredible profit to some of the most violent organized criminal organizations ever in existence as well as, now, unscrupulous chemists in China who are more than happy to sell unregulated chemicals to anyone with a credit card. Polls consistently show the majority of Americans prefer marijuana be legalized and as stated above, the synthetic issue would evaporate overnight. History proves that to reduce crime and harm - Regulation>Prohibition

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