The sale of and/or possession of synthetic cannabinoids has been banned in Minnesota. The Board of Pharmacy is also banning fentanyl analogs. The synthetic cannabinoids are known as products called Spice and K2.
The synthetic cannabinoids are not derived naturally from marijuana plants; they are derived solely from human-made chemicals, KSTP News reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the synthetic cannabinoids can result in a serious medical event. Delusions, suicidal thoughts, violent behavior, hallucinations, psychosis and delusions are all known effects.
The synthetic products attempt to pass themselves off as a “safe alternative to marijuana” but have proven to be anything but safe.
The ban will take effect on August 6 and will not impact the legitimate prescribing of FDA-approved medications or those approved by the Minnesota Department of Health, Cannabis Program.