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Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove tells fellow Minnesota House members on Thursday that synthetic marijuana is dangerous and should be banned. Other representatives agreed and his first bill passed 124-4. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Kriesel 'fake pot' ban passes House


Rep. John Kriesel has been in the Minnesota Legislature nearly two months, but said he finally feels like a lawmaker.

The freshman legislator saw his first bill pass off the Minnesota House floor Thursday. The measure would prohibit the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana, a drug known as "fake pot" that can be purchased in convenience stores but worries law enforcement because of its potency and popularity with youth.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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