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Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, and Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, were joined by Twin Cities law enforcement officials Wednesday when discussing a proposal to ban synthetic marijuana in Minnesota. Jon Avise photo.

Legislators, law enforcement back synthetic pot ban

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State legislators and Twin Cities law enforcement officials want to ban synthetic marijuana, a chemical they say is being used by teenagers statewide in increasing numbers and with dangerous effects.

The lab-manufactured substance is currently legal to sell and possess in the state. But its use has led to a nationwide spike in calls to poison control centers this year, and state law enforcement officials can't do anything to stop its growth as a "designer drug" under current laws.

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