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Daughter Claims Synthetic Marijuana Killed her Mother

This is an incredible tragedy.

Another death.  Another grieving family.  Another beautiful life cut short because of synthetic marijuana.

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Kathleen Gaspar’s family, and pray that justice will be done.

Thank you, Shannon Sheehan, for coming forward, for sharing your story, and for helping us to fight synthetic marijuana.

Your courage and inspiration may have already saved lives.

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Fake pot, real risks: Daughter blames synthetic drugs for mother’s death

03/16/2012, 7:53 pm

Steve Stout, steves@mywebtimes.com, 815-431-4082


Following a family tragedy last fall, Shannon Sheehan of Ottawa is on a crusade.

“My mother, Kathleen Gaspar, died last September following a fall inside her Marseilles home,” said Sheehan. “And, although her death certificate says she died of massive head injuries, I am sure it was fake, synthetic pot that took her life.”

Sheehan, 31, a mother of two, wants to spread the word about the “little known dangers of synthetic pot and other drugs” gaining popularity across the state and nation.

Holding a photograph of her mother, 53, Sheehan explained it is her belief her mother smoked synthetic marijuana purchased from a local convenience store, became disoriented (“possibly delusional”) and stumbled around into walls and furniture around the house before finally falling, fatally striking her head. Continue reading

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Bodegas in Queens, NY Join Together To Ban Fake Weed

This is the kind of story we love to see!

Bodegas in Queens are joining together to sign a pledge to keep synthetic marijuana off their shelves.  They are recognizing the dangers these drugs pose to our children and to our communities.

We applaud the efforts of City Councilman Ruben Wills’ (D-Jamaica), and the Bodega owners, like Basheer Ahmed, who are taking personal responsibility for preventing the spread of this dangerous drug.

It is with individual acts of responsibility and community pride, working hand-in-hand with lawmakers and law enforcement personnel,  that we can win this battle against the dealers of synthetic marijuana.

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Dangerous fake pot should be banned: Wills

At a number of bodegas in southeast Queens, customers can legally purchase a product that produces a marijuana-like high, but while the weed may be fake, the dangerous side effects are real.

(Photo by Rich Bockmann) Bodega manager Basheer Ahmed signs Ruben Wills' pledge against selling synthetic marijuana.

Basheer Ahmed, manager of the Bashir Famous Deli in Rochdale, Friday became the first to sign City Councilman Ruben Wills’ (D-Jamaica) pledge to ban from his store’s shelves synthetic marijuana, a product ostensibly sold as an herbal incense, but one critics say teens and young adults are smoking to get high.

“This is a problem that’s become increasingly more pervasive in our community,” said Wills, who stood outside the shop on the corner of Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 140th Avenue, along with fellow Councilman James Sanders (D-Jamaica) and state Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica) to announce their plan to rid their neighborhoods of the products.

Sold under names such as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze” and “Red X Dawn,” these products consist of plant material that has been coated with chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Addiction expert Herman Lozada said the chemicals were originally made in labs to do research on animals and can produce side effects in humans such as hallucinations, heart palpitations, paranoia and aggression. Continue reading

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Was Representative Gabrielle Giffords Shot Because of Synthetic Marijuana?

How did we miss this?

The truth is that almost nothing has been written on this subject, but we have been quietly and sadly anticipating these stories.

We are also wondering if a lot of the sudden heart attacks in young athletes might also be related to synthetic marijuana use because, subjected to random drug tests, these young athletes might be using synthetics–and paying the price.

We are hoping that the news media, medical examiners, and the families of victims will be willing to step forward and talk about the possibility that synthetic marijuana might be at the core of many of these problems.  If we are willing to share, we will save lives.

Everyone needs to be aware:  THIS IS NOT MARIJUANA!  THIS IS DEADLY!

Sincerely,

To The Maximus

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Is there a new street drug that triggers homicidal rages?

Update: July 17, 2011

The Sunday New York Times has a feature article on these new synthetic drugs.

February 14, 2011

Within the last 30-days, three high-profile mass murders have been associated with illicit drug use. First, Rep. Giffords was shot, and six others killed, by a mentally ill young man, Jared Lee Loughner, known to use marijuana and the new “synthetic pot”. By many accounts, he began a downward spiral into insanity.

The next case involved a drug-addicted mother in Tampa, Julie Powers Schenecker, who shot her teenage daughter and son because they were “mouthy”. Video of the woman being walked in handcuffs showed her shaking uncontrollably, possibly in withdrawal. The family had unsuccessfully attempted to get help with her drug addiction. Her preferred drug of choice has not been reported.

Now, in New York City, a crazed 23-year-old man, Maksim Gelman, stabbed his father and a young woman, killing them both, while also nonfatally stabbing several others over the course of a day-long rampage. The New York Post reported that he had built a bizarre shrineto the woman under a freight train overpass tunnel where he also went to use illicit street drugs.

What is going on? All of these cases could have occurred by complete coincidence, unrelated, and might not represent any new trend. Alternatively, a new street drug, or combination of prescription and street drugs, might be triggering homicidal rampages. Continue reading

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“Blueberry Spice” Synthetic Marijuana Leads to Outbreak of Kidney Failure in Wyoming

“Based on our information from the doctors, the three people with kidney failure are in pretty serious shape; they’re very sick.”

By Laura Zuckerman

Reuters

Three young people have been hospitalized with kidney failure and a dozen others sickened in Casper, Wyoming, in an outbreak linked to a batch of the designer drug Spice, authorities said on Friday.

State medical officials said the cause of the outbreak was under investigation but reported that Casper residents who have sought medical treatment for vomiting and back pain had recently smoked or ingested a chemical-laced herbal product packaged as “blueberry spice.”

The illnesses reported by physicians and hospitals in the east central Wyoming city beginning on Sunday had added up to a cluster that alarmed health officials by the end of the week.

“At this point, we are viewing use of this drug as a potentially life-threatening situation,” Tracy Murphy, Wyoming state epidemiologist, said in a statement. Continue reading

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Karen Dobner Interviews with Batavia Access TV

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ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN’S PROPOSAL TO COMBAT SYNTHETIC DRUGS CLEARS HOUSE COMMITTEE

Springfield —Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that the House Judiciary Criminal Law Committee unanimously sent to the full House an amendment to the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act that will help address the synthetic drug epidemic in the state.

“Drug makers’ continued attempts to sell synthetic drugs jeopardize the lives of teens and young adults,” Madigan said. “This bill recognizes that chemicals sold to be taken as drugs, regardless of what they’re called or their bogus labeling, are life threatening and illegal.”

Madigan said combating the synthetic drug epidemic presents unique challenges for law enforcement and prosecutors because the chemical makeup of the products can be easily altered by manufacturers to avoid violating the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. In addition, these drugs are sold in packages that misleadingly claim the products are legal as confirmed by so-called “official” lab results. Continue reading

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Senator Rand Paul States He Blocked Bill To Protect Against Proliferation of Radical Islam

It is almost beyond belief, but Rand Paul has actually said that his blocking of HB 1254, The Synthetic Drug Act of 2011, was to protect innocent young Americans from becoming radical followers of Islam, according to the BGDailynews.com.

Rand Paul wrote, in a letter obtained by the BG Daily News, “In addition, there has been much discussion in the Senate regarding combatting radical Islam. Notably, Islam is currently the fastest-growing religion among prisoners in the United States. Sending people – often young people – who may already come from broken homes and difficult family situations into a brutal prison environment is potentially a breeding ground for radicalization.”

It seems that Senator Rand Paul is running out of excuses for holding up the bill.  He has also mentioned that he does not want to interfere with possible research into medical uses of Synthetic Marijuana.  However, HB 1254 does not block any legitimate medical research.  According to Senator Grassley:

Many of the opponents of this legislation stated on the House floor that by scheduling these compounds, we are preventing scientific research. That is far from true. Any scheduled substance, even current schedule I drugs like cocaine and heroin, can be researched. Any scientist can apply to be registered by the DEA to research any drug. Just because we are removing the drugs from the store shelves does not mean we can’t study them.

As Rand Paul’s excuses fail him, it is clear that Senator Rand Paul may  be blocking the bill because he prefers protect the rights of drug dealers to sell poison to our children.

It seems it was no coincidence that Senator Rand Paul turned his back on a distraught mother, Amy Stillwell, who lives in Rand Paul’s hometown.

It is clear that Rand Paul’s allegiance, like Rand Paul’s campaign funding, is outside his home state of Kentucky.  If I were one of his constituents, I would begin to ask the question, “Who EXACTLY is Rand Paul representing?”

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$10 Million Business Built on the Naivety of Teens

If I were young, and I’d never heard all the stories about how dangerous synthetic marijuana is, there’s a safe bet that I would come to the impression that synthetic marijuana is safer than real marijuana.

Real marijuana is illegal, and fake pot is legal in some places—and only recently illegal in others.  It’s only after maturity and wisdom do we realize that things are not always that simple.

Can you imagine being a teenager today?  There are people that prey on the naivety of teens. They target their marketing right to the innocent nature of our kids.  They advertise in magazines that are sold only to young people.  They use Youtube and Facebook.

Before you know it, the bad guys have managed to convince our kids that what they are selling is the best invention since sliced bread.  “A safe alternative to (real) marijuana; and it’s legal too!”  It’s a glass of wine for the teenager, perfectly legal and presumably safe.  I know I would have fallen for this propaganda.  Continue reading

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Karen Dobner becomes of of the “Faces of 2011”

Faces of 2011: Grieving Aurora mom leads war on fake pot

By Denise Linke For The Beacon-News December 28, 2011 1:24PM

http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/9581389-417/after-death-of-son-auroran-karen-dobner-leads-war-on-fake-pot.html

Story ImageKaren Dobner, mother of Max Dobner who was killed when his car crossed Route 31 at Mooseheart road and hit a home, speaks out against the product her son and smoked prior to his accident. Dobner has created the To the Maximus Foundation in her sons honor and announces the creation of its executive board at Mooseheart school on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 . | Brian Powers~ Sun-Times Media

Aurora resident Karen Dobner has become a media regular in the past six months. NBC flew her to New York to appear on The Today Show. She’s given many TV and radio interviews on Chicago-area news stations. Reporters from around the world ask her for quotes.

She hates every minute of it.

Continue reading

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How the Bad Guys Get Our Kids Addicted

If I were young, and I’d never heard all the stories about how dangerous synthetic marijuana is, there’s a safe bet that Iwould come to the impression that synthetic marijuana is safer than real marijuana.  Real marijuana is illegal, and fake pot is legal in some places—and only recently illegal in others.  It’s only after maturity and wisdom do we realize that things are not always that simple.

Can you imagine being a teenager today?  There are people that prey on the naivety of teens. They target their marketing right to the innocent nature of our kids.  They advertise in magazines that are sold only to young people.  They use Youtube and Facebook.  Before you know it, the bad guys have managed to convince our kids that what they are selling is the best invention since sliced bread.  “A safe alternative to (real) marijuana; and it’s legal too!”  It’s a glass of wine for the teenager, perfectly legal and presumably safe.  I know I would have fallen for this propaganda.

People like to say that the kids are just dumb for smoking “potpourri” and anyone that would smoke “potpourri” deserves what he gets, when the truth is that the people who are critical are the dumb ones.  It’s not potpourri, it’s what kids think is the safe, legal alternative to marijuana. They think of it as an equivalent to a glass of wine, not PCP or LSD.  Only the adults believe the label “potpourri.”  What they don’t realize is that they are proving how naive people are, and they are proving my point: most of us would have done the same thing when we were young.  This is why a MAJORITY of kids have smoked fake pot! Continue reading

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