Karen Dobner Blasts Rand Paul

Good for you, Karen!  Someone has to hold this man accountable for holding up the legislation that would protect our children from this poison.

By the way, despite what Senator Rand Paul says, there is NOTHING in the legislation that would keep someone in jail for 20 years.  Look at the legislation and see if you can find his objection.  It just doesn’t exist.

Rand Paul is stalling this, kids are dying.

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Mother of teen killed after smoking synthetic marijuana says Sen. Rand Paul has ‘blood on his hands’

Karen Dobner begged Paul to let ban of fake pot to come up for a vote, but never got a call back

BY  / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  Published: Friday, March 23, 2012
	Karen Dobner, whose son Max was killed after smoking synthetic marijuana, says Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) has 'blood on his hands'  for holding up a bill that would ban fake pot.

Karen Dobner, whose son Max was killed after smoking synthetic marijuana, says Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) has ‘blood on his hands’  for holding up a bill that would ban fake pot.

The grieving mother of a teenager who was killed after smoking synthetic marijuana is filled with fury at the lone U.S. senator blocking a ban on the dangerous drug.

Karen Dobner told the Daily News she’s called Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) 15 times to tell him about her son Max’s death last year — and to beg him to let the ban come up for a vote. She never got a call back.
“He’s got blood on his hands,” Dobner said.
Even as she mourns the loss of a boy she says was the perfect son before he naively tried iAroma or synthetic pot, Dobner is angry that Paul is putting his libertarian principles before the lives of young people.
And she says she won’t let him get away with killing a bill that the House of Representatives has already green-lighted and the majority of senators are ready to pass.
Paul put a hold on the bill — a perogative any individual senator can exercise — three months ago. “I told his aides he cannot survive politically if he keeps stalling this. We will not let it go,” said Dobner, a mother of three from Aurora, Ill. “Anything else he does will be publicized by us. Every time somebody dies we will hold him accountable.”
Dobner started a foundation called To The Maximus to bring public attention to the emerging danger of synthetic drugs masquerading as “herbal” and “natural” highs.
She has also started a blog and newsletter to alert parents and teens to the unpredictable and harrowing effects of smoking or inhaling the chemically sprayed leaves.
On Wednesday, Paul told The News he might be willing to release his hold and allow a vote to proceed if there were some changes in the proposed legislation. “We are concerned about people being put in jail for 20 years for marijuana,” Paul said.
Max Dobner died June 14 after he bought a $12 packet of iAroma at the local mall. Within 15 minutes of smoking it, he phoned his older brother to say he was having a panic attack and was freaking out, his mother said.
Dobner, a college student, got into his 1999 Chrysler and drove 100 mph on neighborhood roads until he crashed into and destroyed a suburban home, the car lodged inside a baby’s empty bedroom.
He was pulled from the crash, dead from blunt head trauma. The autopsy found the signature chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana, his mother said.
“He was my everything,” Dobner sobbed. “He was always the responsible child, the conscientious one. The one who wanted to make the world a better place. I never would have imagined this.”
Emergency calls to poison centers about synthetic pot have skyrocketed around the country in the past three years, from 13 in 2009 to more than 2,900 in 2010 and more than 6,900 in 2011.
Some states have attempted to ban the chemicals used, but manufacturers — who operate in the shadows — get around the prohibition by tweaking the compounds so they are no longer covered by the ban. “How did this happen right under our noses?” asked Dobner. “Kids are having seizures. There are so many horrible stories out there.”
After Max’s death, Dobner, 50, set out to learn everything she could about synthetic drugs to get the word out. She moved into his room and has become a one-woman town crier.
“I would be rolled up in a ball crying every day if I wasn’t doing this,” she said.
“It didn’t take me long to find out about this poison that these nasty, greedy people are trying to sell to our kids and skimming the laws. They don’t care that kids are dying.”
Law enforcement is still learning about the shadowy nether world of synthetic marijuana. A spokesman for the DEA said that the chemicals are imported here from China in powder form. They are then mixed with acetone — common nail polish remover — and sprayed on plant leaves and packaged for stores to sell.
There is no way to know how much of the mind-altering chemical is sprayed on the leaves, and so dosage varies from package to package. There is no way to know how much or what you are inhaling, experts said. One teenager told an interviewer, “I felt like my head was coming off and floating away.”
In just the last two weeks alone, two more deaths were blamed on synthetic pot.
A 17-year-old boy whose family said he was high on it fatally stabbed a sleeping schoolmate, Jasmyn Tully, 17, in Washington State because he felt “an urge to hurt someone,” authorities said.
And on Sunday, police outside Atlanta were investigating the death of a teenager whose body was found in a hot tub. Chase Burnett, 16, an honor student and junior varsity soccer player, was found by his father, who said his son had smoked synthetic marijuana known as “Spice.”
Citing Tully and Burnett’s deaths, Dobner said, “Senator Rand Paul doesn’t care that while he stalls this law, more kids are dying.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/mother-teen-killed-smoking-synthetic-marijuana-sen-rand-paul-blood-hands-article-1.1049446#ixzz1pw5SOpBV

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8 thoughts on “Karen Dobner Blasts Rand Paul

  1. Wow. What a tragedy. I’m concerned though that banning another drug would just lead to another, similarly dangerous drug being invented. It may seem like an unpopular opinion on this blog, but it seems to me that marijuana criminalization (which I understand is relatively safe) is what made synthetic marijuana profitable. Decriminalization would probably have some negative effects that should be studied, but we spend too much time money and indeed, human lives, on drug wars. Why not end those drug wars?
    Respectfully,
    -Eric Bowen

  2. Tolly

    Another typical ‘grieving family’ law that’s going to lead to nothing but 24/7 babysitting by our legal system.

    I understand the tragedy of losing your child but take some responsibility for your parenting, your sons’ actions and what looks to be just a tragic turn of events…

    Sen Paul is not the one with “blood on his hands” – he never took the decision to ingest a drug and then operate a vehicle at insanely reckless speeds. That was strictly your sons’ decision. If he’d killed someone could you just as blithely lay the responsibility at someone else’s feet then?

    Not everything needs another stupid, needless law.

  3. So, you are all thinking that a kid who is TOLD that some drug he is buying over the counter in a grocery store is LEGAL and SAFE alternative to ILLEGAL marijuana deserves to die?

    Did I get that straight?

    Wow. While we are at it, you must also believe that Jasymn Tully, who was recently murdered by her boyfriend while he was high on synthetic marijuana DESERVED to die too, right?

    Oh, and Chase Burnett, the 16 year-old kid who died after buying this drug as if it were a candy bar in the store should absolutely pay with his life?

    Incredible what people will write.

    I doubt one of you would convict a child to death for ingesting something they were told was safe. I doubt one of you would convict a child to death even if they knew what they were taking was so dangerous.

    But can’t keep yourself from writing painful and ignorant words about the death of Karen Dobner’s son?

    Shame on you. Educate yourself, and learn to think before you write.

  4. Tolly, you are totally out of line! Your comments are not written very constructively.

    Banning these drugs seems like an easy stopgap measure. But, it is only one potential solution among many. Banning drugs does not have a great track record. How many people per year die from Meth-related incidents? I don’t think it is legal anywhere.

    It seems like we need deeper societal change to help address this needless destruction of life. In the meantime, decriminalizing safer, cheaper substances like marijuana might help reduce the prevalence of harmful chemicals that are used in their stead (eg. paint thinners, robitussin, and apparently acetone filled fake weed).

    Again, my condolences. I hope we can figure out ways to minimize the number of families that have to experience this type of pain.

    • Eric, thanks for your comments. I don’t know who Tolly is or what he has written, but I’m sure he’s not worth reading. We are busy following our mission and don’t have time to read negative comments from those fighting for their right to kill themselves and others. We have had constructive debate with several people that are opposing HR 1254, the Synthetic Drug Act of 2011, and hope to have more debate in the future. You can find our discussion on To the Maximus Foundation facebook page. We recognize that prohibition is not the answer to our drug war. Banning synthetic marijuana just keeps it away from those kids that were only doing it because it was very easily available and legal, giving the impression of safety. It is our goal to give much more attention to the demand side of the drug war in the future. Our efforts to educate the public about this product that was being sold legally all over their towns is currently a consuming effort. However, in the future, we plan to be able to direct our energy to the conditions that drive the demand for these drugs. Thank you so much for your comments.

  5. April

    Karen I would first like to say how sorry I am for your loss. This idiot Tolly obviously is ignorant to the fact that kids are dying because of this poison. Why else would he leave such a cold hearted reply like that unless he is either in his own basement making this crap and profiting off the untimely deaths of so many youth or he is smoking it and is completely out of his own mind. I have found your site in memory of Max to be very helpful in my own ignorance of this deadly drug and I am praying that the information I have printed from your site and discussed with my own son will help him make the choice not to smoke this crap again. If you can make a difference in only one persons life by the very tragic untimely death of your son then I commend you Karen. Thank you for all of your help in this fight against FAKE WEED. Americas youth needs you!

    • April, thank you so much for your kind words. I don’t know who Tolly is because I don’t follow negative press, but I assume he’s a Rand Paul follower or someone that is fighting for his right to sell/possess/consume drugs. We’re very happy that the website was helpful to you in gaining knowledge about this danger lurking at your corner store or gas station. We are just trying to protect Americans from a danger that is masqueraded as a safe product, when in fact many are dying or being injured physically and mentally. We have members that are caring for adult children that have incurred brain damage from smoking synthetic marijuana. They require the care of a 4 or 5 year old now. We see the pain and anguish that families are suffering. Ours is a good cause and we feel strongly about it. Thank you!

  6. Justin Hale

    Legalize the safer choice Cannabis,and stop reffering to this government paid for synthetic crap as ” synthetic marijuana”. Do they call denatured alcohol ” synthetic vodka” ?

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