A state senator plans to introduce a bill making synthetic marijuana illegal.
Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, said the action is needed in light of a recent Hastings incident in which a youth nearly died. She attributed the problem to "spice" or "K2," a drug packed as herbal incense but which she said produces much stronger and more dangerous side effects than real marijuana.
Sieben said the effects include heart palpitations, respiratory issues, vomiting, agitation, panic attacks and delusions.
"The use of this synthetic drug is increasing rapidly among teenagers because it is currently legal," Sieben said. "However, this product is clearly dangerous. Teens are ending up in the emergency room, in a coma or even dying."