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.
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