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Real Trouble For Peddling Fake Pot

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow briefed Shorewood's leaders on the new law he drafted that outlaws synthetic marijuana.

Just hours after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan trumpeted a new Chicago ordinance carrying a fine for selling synthetic marijuana, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow took a poke at the logic behind the city law.

"You would never think of passing an ordinance fining someone $500 for selling a child heroin," Glasgow told village trustees during their Tuesday night meeting.

And that's why, Glasgow said, he researched and drafted a state law that will make the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana a felony in 2012.

"We're going to go after (synthetic marijuana) aggressively on Jan. 1," Glasgow said.

Sold as an incense product often labeled "not for human consumption," synthetic marijuana is clearly marketed for human consumption and can be purchased by anyone of any age.

"A 15-year-old can walk into a tobacco store and buy incense," Glasgow said, noting 350 such establishments in Will County have already been put on notice that if they continue to sell the stuff after the new year, they could be facing heavy penalties.

A conviction for selling synthetic marijuana carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, a possible $150,000 fine and the seizure of illegal stock as well as any property used to facilitate the sale. Those penalties can range as high as 30 years in prison and $500,000 in fines for someone who sells 200 grams of synthetic marijuana or more.

The stiff sentences are justified by the danger posed by the drug, Glasgow said.

"It could be a situation like LSD, where you're getting hallucinations 10 years from now," he said.

Glasgow, Chief Aaron Klima, and other Will County police chiefs will be back in Shorewood today for a press conference providing further information on the new law, which was sponsored by House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego.

The new legislation "gives law enforcement, and Chief Klima, the tools that law enforcement needs to protect Shorewood from this menace," Glasgow said.

"This solution is coming and it's the best solution possible," he said of the new law. "Much better than a village ordinance."

William December 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM
THANK YOU Mr. Glaskow
Walter Anderson December 14, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Good deal. It can only be a positive except for those caught with it or selling it after 01/01/12. I commend Rep. Cross for sponsoring the legislation. I also commend the Illinois legislature for passing it (I rarely commend the legislature in this state for anything they do).
son of a son of a cumbers December 14, 2011 at 03:02 PM
This kind of heavy-handed sh!t is draconian. Its pure speculation as to the side effects. Alchohol is a much more debilitating than any pot will ever be.
son of a son of a cumbers December 14, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Chief of S.P.D. looking really "fit" for duty.
Infamous Steve December 14, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Big Boy!!!!
Infamous Steve December 14, 2011 at 03:27 PM
If anything they should make alchohol illegal that destroys so many lives and families everyday around the world. I really don't care about that synthetic crap. Theres been no long term studies to see the effects. But yes, as Cumbers said the "War on Drugs" has and always will be a failure. At this point a $40 trillion dollar failure. Then again the federal and state gov. are failures as well. Time for a revolution!
Freddie Kissell December 14, 2011 at 04:25 PM
LOL
Tony December 14, 2011 at 05:48 PM
The city makes to much money on liquor licenses and DUI's
Jeanne Hall December 14, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Synthetic pot- does that give a synthetic high? And as for making booze illegal, it was done once before, back in the 20s. It was called "Prohibition."
Tony December 14, 2011 at 07:23 PM
Ther are alot of people who just cannot handle drugs or alcohol and they just make things bad for the people who can have a drink now and then or even a smoke. Trying to convince these people is next o impossible and we read about them in the paper every week. Making alcohol illegal is just like gun control, the people who should not have guns will have them.
son of a son of a cumbers December 14, 2011 at 07:24 PM
all prohibition did was give organized crime a firm foothold in this country-kind of like the "War on Drugs"
Jay December 14, 2011 at 07:28 PM
""It could be a situation like LSD, where you're getting hallucinations 10 years from now," he said." Why would a publication that is supposed to be 'reputable' print such a speculative statement?
Infamous Steve December 14, 2011 at 07:45 PM
See now if they were smart they would leaglize weed and bring in tens of millions of dollars in taxes and business fees. LKast year Colorado got 23 million dollars from thier madical dispenseries for simply doing nothing. Just think of how much better the country will be when every state can do as they please with pot laws.
son of a son of a cumbers December 14, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Good point Jay-these guys make it up as they go along
William December 14, 2011 at 08:52 PM
I could call you a son of something else but this is supposed to be a civil forum.........I can tell you I have witnessed people whos eyes have rolled back in the back of their heads and passed out and almost died from this S#@^...................My own son smoked that crap and was messed up for a week because of that S&^%................Its a good thing I don't like jail Cause I would have taken the guy out at the liquor store that sold that S&^% to my kid.............People like you need to think before they open their PIE HOLE
Joseph Hosey (Editor) December 14, 2011 at 10:20 PM
So if a politician makes a speculative statement, a "reputable publication" should ignore it or hide it from the public. You're even stupider than I thought. Or are you just drunk again?
Jay December 15, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Ah, there is Joe Hosey calling someone 'stupid' again. I guess a smart reporter would ask "Mr. Glasgow, what Scientific Evidence do you have that supports that claim" or "What medical evidence did you find in your research that supports that claim?". Joe's style is to just print whatever someone says.
son of a son of a cumbers December 15, 2011 at 01:45 AM
Hosey-stick to writing trashy novels and name calling and leave the heavy mental lifting to research scientists
William December 15, 2011 at 02:19 AM
What friggin planet are you SON?.................Are you HIGH on the fake pot you can still buy till Jan 1?.......................Did you even read my post at 2:52 PM?............DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THIS CRAP DOES TO PEOPLE??.........This stuff has KILLED people....................open up what ever mental capacity you MIGHT have between DEM EARS............
RUNXTC December 15, 2011 at 05:50 AM
I say legalize Marijuana and Tax it and our State would not be in the mess its in right now due to budget cuts like our local law enforcement officers being laid off or fired due to certain budget cuts with the extra Tax revenue the State Of ILLINOIS would flourish from the extra Tax money if spent right. It would also cut down on crime !!!!
Joshua T. Mancuso December 15, 2011 at 05:32 PM
If you were to ask me 10 years ago, "should marijuana be legalized?" I would have given you the whole speech of "opening your mind, freedom" & all that. Now, if you ask me, it needs to be legalized, treated & regulated like alcohol. There is way too much money to be ignored that the state could be making. And law enforcement could be left to focus their energies on the hard line drug issues (cocaine, herion, RX drug abuse, crystal meth). I am not looking for coffee houses to be opening up in strip malls. But if people are already using this, we need to, as a society, allow them to enjoy it while at the same time protecting the general population.
Tim December 15, 2011 at 09:40 PM
so, instead of making real pot legal, our all-knowing lawmakers are making MORE things illegal. When are they going to realize that it was their failed prohibition policies that created this problem in the first place? If marijauana was regulated as alcohol is, this product would never even have been created. There would have been no need and no demand. Instead, our lawmakers have decided to take a step backwards and perpetuate the same policies that brought them to this point to begin with.
William December 15, 2011 at 10:50 PM
All you geniouses on this site need to read this article..............This is NOT about the REAL stuff that grows out of the ground...............This about SYNYHETIC pot........This ALSO is NOT an article about whether or not the REAL STUFF, should be legallized..............READ THE ARTICLE
RUNXTC December 16, 2011 at 04:34 AM
That right its about the Sythetic Fake Stuff but if the Real Marijuana was Legalized the there would be no need for the Fake Stuff !!!!! Genius !!!!
Tim December 16, 2011 at 06:49 AM
Lets start with some basic grammar, then we can work on your reading comprehension. http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/ellipses.asp
Infamous Steve December 16, 2011 at 04:49 PM
This guy has commen sense!
Infamous Steve December 16, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Tim and RUNXTC know what the real deal is. We are talking about states getting tens of millions of dollars in taxes and so forth and all they have to do is nothing really.
William December 17, 2011 at 02:10 AM
The REAL STUFF is safer than the FAKE STUFF............................GENIUS...........Thats the reason it is being outlawed NOW...............LATER they will legalize the REAL STUFF...................GENIUS
george September 05, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Someone told me just yesterday that smoking pot causes short term memory loss,And something else that i forgot!!!!!!!!!

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