Glendale bans synthetic marijuana

Published on: 10/26/2010

Glendale has joined the list of cities banning the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana.

The Common Council voted Monday to adopt the ban on the substances that are marketed under such names as K2, Spice, Genie or Yucatan Fire. They're often sold as incense, but when smoked, they mimic the effects of marijuana.

Since reports surfaced about dangerous side effects from the substances, states and municipalities around the country have been banning it. Ordinances making it against the law to sell or possess it have passed in in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Eau Claire, Superior and La Crosse, for example.

Other bans are in the works in West Allis, where Ald. Vincent Vitale says he'll have an ordinance on the Common Council agenda, and in Greenfield, where the Legislative Committee recommended a ban last week.

Glendale police say the fine for using or possessing the substances will be $100, plus $72 in court costs.