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Yorkville Bans Fake Weed and Other Synthetic Drugs

State law only bans a few varieties of fake weed, but using, selling or having several others varieties could lead to a $500 fine in Yorkville.

OK, teens, it’s illegal to smoke, possess or sell Kronic Skunk Blend, Flying Buddah Nirvana or Purple Haze Max in Yorkville.

Same with Smoke Buddy, Black Mamba Strawberry or Meow Meow.

Yorkville alderman voted unanimously Tuesday to ban synthetic marijuana, synthetic stimulants and synthetic hallucinogens. Some may find the names humorous, but the chemical variants can cause non-amusing side effects.

“We recently had some high school students who smoked this before school, and they ended up in the office with some pretty bad side effects,” Yorkville Police Chief Richard Hart said.

The local ordinance covers several more varieties of synthetic drugs than the state law that went into effect in January. That law made using or possessing two varieties of fake weed a felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

Alderman Carlo Colosimo said city ordinances could be updated to include new synthetic varieties, as needed, within two weeks.

“As a municipality, we have the ability to stay ahead of the curve better than the state does,” Colosimo said.

The minimum fine for the ordinance violation is $500, but the ticket will not go on an individual’s criminal record, Hart said. Violations also could cost companies that sell tobacco and liquor their license.

The synthetic drugs than their traditional counterparts and can cause panic attacks, high blood pressure and nausea in some people.

Synthetic weed captured headlines this summer when Aurora resident Karen Dobner said she  when he crashed his car in Batavia Township. Dobner  that her son  smoked some "potpourri," known as iAroma or Iaroma, hours before the one-car crash that killed him.

More recently, four Yorkville High School students were acting “spacey and woozy” before acknowledging that they had consumed synthetic marijuana, Hart said. The incident happened before the substance was banned, so school officials handled the matter, Hart said.

Police officers will inform the city’s 19 shops that sell liquor and tobacco of the new ban today.

Shop personnel had been notified of the draft ordinance as city leaders were discussing it; one estimated the synthetic marijuana amounted to a quarter of his tobacco sales, Hart said.

Editor's note: Please see these other Patch articles for more information about and . Two Patch reporters in Kane County in several Kane County stores this summer, and last month.

Jillian Duchnowski October 12, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Comment left on the Yorkville Patch Facebook page: Does banning real weed keep people from using it? All stats say no, so why would banning fake weed do the same? They'll find some other alternative that might be worse.
Todd Milliron October 12, 2011 at 02:47 PM
On Aug. 18, 2011, Local Kendall Law Enforcement Officials were called to a home in Yorkville for a report of a 19-year old male having difficulty breathing and that teen was taken by paramedics to Rush Copley Medical Center for treatment. Heroin was found at the scene and the State Police Lab has just confirmed it was Heroin. That teen has now been charged with Felony Possession of Heroin. I like to ask our young people when has it become socially normal to use Heroin and why is it acceptable when you can easily die from an overdose? If you truly care about your friends and their lives, stand up and say something, draw the line in the sand, tell someone and intervene. Why would anyone allow a peer to even consider trying Heroin, it destroys lives; it destroys families and creates addicts for life.
Robert J. Gryder October 12, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Not that it's incredibly likely that someone considering making use of some Heroin is reading these comments, but talk about your slippery slope. It doesn't take very much to get hooked and once you're hooked, you can't think about anything else. I've seen it consume and destroy a life. Don't let Heroin destroy yours. Todd Milliron doesn't ruffle feathers with letters to the editor or FOIA government documents on drugs. Todd Milliron says you CAN'T stick it to the man if you're doped up. I want to make these slogans in to a line of merchandise. Would you accept 10%, Todd?
Karen October 14, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Jillian, there's not much worse than synthetic marijuana. The DEA banned the chemicals used to make fake weed and classified it as a schedule 1 drug. The 'bad guys' went back to the laboratory and made molecular changes to the chemicals and are back in business. It causes seizures, rapid heart rate and palpitations, panic attacks, hallucinations and more. My son smoked some, and an hour later drove at speeds approaching 100 miles/hour into a house and died. He was a great kid that had never been in any trouble in his life. I'm told that he always told kids not to smoke pot or do drugs. He was not a drug user. One the day he died, his friends bought it and he had a conversation with her about how "If it's legal, it must be safe". So, "alternatives that might be worse"? Nah! I'm contacted daily by people that have had "The worst experience of their lives" and "know what Max went through". They will tell you, there's not much worse.
Jillian Duchnowski October 19, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Montgomery just passed a similar ban: http://patch.com/A-mYx5

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