Montgomery, Oswego considering ban on sale of synthetic marijuana
By Judy Pochel For The Beacon-News October 19, 2011 4:14PM
Updated: November 21, 2011 10:13AM
If Montgomery village trustees have their way, by this time next week, synthetic marijuana will not be sold in the village.
Montgomery Police Chief Daniel Meyers said there are three or four shops in the village that sell the substances.
Marketed as incense or potpourri, the legal drug is sold under the name K-2 or Spice.
“I will have the ordinance, and we will personally visit the establishments that sell the drug to let them know it is now against the law,” said Meyers of his plans once trustees vote on the measure next week.
Meyers said he and other area police chiefs are pushing to make the synthetic drug illegal after the death of 19-year-old Max Dobner this summer. The Aurora teen had smoked a package of the synthetic drug before driving his car more than 100 mph, eventually crashing into a home in North Aurora.
Dobner’s mother and grandmother appeared at Montgomery’s Committee of the Whole meeting asking for trustees to support their push to outlaw of the drug..
Karen Dobner said her family hopes to make the drug illegal throughout the Fox Valley. Her son had purchased the “legal drug” at a tobacco store in Aurora.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law banning the sale of synthetic marijuana in July, but that ban does not go into effect until Jan. 1. Municipalities are scrambling to ban the substance sooner through local ordinances. Aurora, North Aurora, Yorkville and Sugar Grove have already banned the substances.
Oswego is also jumping on board to ban the substance by local ordinance.
Tuesday night, Oswego Trustee Terry Michels asked village staff to bring forth a similar ordinance to be voted on at the Nov. 1 meeting.
“I know the state is enacting something at the first of the year, but I don’t think we should wait till then. It’s serious enough. Our kids have enough temptations,” Michels said.
The Dobner family has established the Maximus Foundation in Max’s honor and will work to have the “legal” substance outlawed throughout the country. “Parents need to know about this stuff,” Karen Dobner said.
Staff writer Jenette Sturges
contributed to this story.