The city of Aurora has banned synthetic marijuana—those little vials of “potpourri” and “incense” that many officials say can be deadly dangerous, especially to teens who experiment with the "legal" drugs in those products.
A Batavia committee recommended Tuesday that the city adopt a synthetic drug ban.
St. Charles is proposing its own ban on synthetic drugs.
Now, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is calling an "emergency summit" on synthetic drug use, set for Thursday, Nov. 10.
Much of the public outrage and call to action has been ignited by one mom's passionate activism. Karen Dobner suspects that a legal potpourri substance was what caused her 19-year-old son Max to crash his car into a two-story home at the intersection of Route 31 and Mooseheart Road on June 14. Since then, she has appeared on NBC's Today Show and many other local and national media outlets, staged rallies and started the To The Maximus Foundation, whose purpose is to educate teens on dangerous substances and promote legislation to ban synthetic drugs.
“Smoking this stuff is like playing Russian roulette," said Dobner. "Our goal to educate parents, health professionals, educators and anyone who will listen about how dangerous it is.”
You're a mom. You're also a citizen.
Is Karen Dobner's crusade a good one? Is it the right way for a mom to channel her grief? Should legislation be the responsibility of local government, state government or a federal agency like the Food and Drug Administration?
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