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Synthetic Marijuana Bill Passed
The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a bill to close loopholes on synthetic drugs. Brad Phenow reports.
The new legislation deals with chemists who alter the drug’s chemistry to avoid prosecution.
The legal definition of synthetic marijuana has been broadened to help crack down on the sale of the altered product. Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland says they have overwhelming support.
“We have had almost no resistance to crafting this legislation and getting it passed. This is an outcry that started literally on the streets of Ashland, spread throughout the North, and the entire state realizes how important it is to be able to prosecute the selling of synthetic marijuana.”
She says chemists have been able to dodge bullets when it comes to prosecution.
“Those chemists who have been able to provide this substance were very crafty in figuring out ways to adjust the formula and by pass prosecution.”
She says the bill will now go to Governor Walker.
“We would certainly expect that he will sign it. This is something that we have had bi-partisan support.”
Once the Governor signs the bill, law enforcement will have a greater ability to stop the spread of synthetic marijuana.
“The next step is of course is to make sure it doesn’t go underground. We’re not naïve to the fact that there will continue to be those who are addicted to this substance are going to desperately try to get help. What we need to do now is find those people who are suffering and make sure they get the help they need to break this habit and not break any laws in order to get the substance they are addicted to.”
Both Ashland and Superior city councils have passed ordinances cracking down on fake pot.
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