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Legislators, law enforcement back fake pot ban

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ST. PAUL - State legislators and law enforcement officials want to ban synthetic marijuana, a chemical they say is being used by teenagers statewide in increasing numbers and with dangerous effects.

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The lab-manufactured substance is currently legal to sell and possess in the state. But its use has led to a nationwide spike in calls to poison control centers this year, and state law enforcement officials can't do anything to stop its growth as a "designer drug" under current laws.

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