City eyes banning 'fake marijuana'

This product is among those the Ripon Common Council is considering banning in the community.

“Fake marijuana” hasn’t been sold in any Ripon stores, and if the Common Council moves forward with an ordinance it’s considering, the product never will be.

The council voted unanimously to consider banning a variety of substances, sold legally under such brand names as “K2,” but believed to mimic the effects of marijuana.

“Can we place this on the next meeting calendar?” Ald. Al Schraeder asked following a discussion; the council agreed unanimously to do so.

The conversation began after Ripon Police Chief Dave Lukoski proposed the ban early in the meeting.

“This is something we have been watching for the last three to four months with some degree of interest,” he said to the council. “What we are concerned about is the effect this particular substance has on human beings.”

According to a memo he penned, “The proposed ordinance would prohibit the possession, use and sale of synthetic cannabinoids in the city of Ripon. The Police Department has seen an increase in the use of this material in the area and within the city of Ripon recently, which has raised our concerns as well as those in the health and emergency medical service fields.”

Read the full story in the Nov. 25, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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