• Petitioned Kelley Russell

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Frederick City Alderwoman
Kelley Russell
Frederick City Alderwoman
Karen Young
Mayor, Frederick City
Randy McClement
Frederick County Board of County Commissioners
Blaine Young, Billy Shreve, Kirby Delauter, Paul Smith, David Gray
Frederick City Alderwoman
Shelley Aloi
Frederick City Alderwoman
Carol Krimm
Frederick City Alderman
Michael O'Conner
Frederick County State's Atty.
J. Charles Smith, III
Maryland Attorney General
Douglas F. Gansler
Maryland Governor
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Maryland State Senate
Maryland State House
Gov. Martin O'Malley

Synthetic Marijuana preys upon Everybody's Kids

    1. Kimberly Mellon
    2. Petition by

      Kimberly Mellon

      Cascade, MD

It's not your older brother's 'Doobie'.  Synthetic marijuana is threatening the lives of Frederick County Teens. It was created in 1995 by an undergraduate student at Clemson University who was investigating the effects of compounds similar to marijuana. The chemical is sprayed on plants, herbs and rolled into blunts. Ingredients vary as suppliers frequently change labels aimed to attract our youth and thwarting government intervention.

The basic chemicals of JWH-018 and JWH-073 are primarily responsible for the psychoactive effects imitating marijuana. Adverse affects include agitation, rapid heartbeat, confusion, dizziness, nausea, hallucinations, LSD-type trips, suicide, overdose death, and may lead to schizophrenia days after prolonged use. Chemicals in the products can be fourteen times stronger than marijuana.

Excerpt:  Dangers of ‘designer drugs’ bring alerts in Frederick County - Margarita Raycheva, Frederick Gazette, Nov. 17, 2011

In Frederick County, "the sale of synthetic marijuana is legal, as long as the buyers can prove they are older than 18. Joe Cohen, owner of Classic Cigars and British Goodies store in downtown Frederick, said he sells seven kinds of the synthetic marijuana, each of which is labeled “not for human consumption.” He said he always makes sure that his customers are at least 18 years old. “All this stuff you can buy online,” he said. “It’s kind of a new thing,” said Cohen. He sells potpourri for $15.95 a gram or $34.99 for three grams, and stressed that he cannot guarantee how customers use the product after they buy it any more than a hardware store can guarantee that its customers do not get high on the glue they bought.

“We have seen it rise in the community,” said Cpl. Jennifer Bailey, spokeswoman for the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, though she did not have specific numbers available.

She said the Sheriff’s Office and school officials are joining efforts to inform people about the harmful effects of these legal products." 

Now is the time to act in support of our Health Care Providers, Sheriff's Office, Schools, and most importantly, Our Children, in Frederick County and Maryland.  

Please join our community in signing this petition, contacting City, County, State and Federal officials to demand an immediate ban on the sale of Synthetic Marijuana.   


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Duane Cantor, Father and Tristan Cantor, Son share their story with FNP

      Kimberly Mellon
      Petition Organizer

      Sixteen-year-old Tristan Canter’s abuse of “Spice,” a synthetic marijuana product, spurred his father, Duane, to action, starting a petition to ban the product.

      Tristan Canter began regularly using "Spice" three months ago to get high while avoiding testing positive on his father's drug tests. The 16-year-old Frederick High School junior said the legal form of synthetic marijuana did the trick.
      He would buy it locally -- never getting carded even though you have to be 18 to purchase the product -- and get high with his friends.
      Looking back now, Tristan said he realizes how risky it was to ingest these chemicals.

      "Death -- that simple," he said this week during an interview at his family's home. "Now that I'm aware, it was a dumb decision."

    3. Frederick News Post Editorial Board asks why Maryland hasn't taken action!

      Kimberly Mellon
      Petition Organizer

      Time to ban synthetic pot - Frederick News Post Editorial Staff 4/28/12
      *It's hard for us to believe that a substance described as "synthetic marijuana" can still be legally sold in Maryland.
      *A recent survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse -- a division of the National Institutes of Health -- found that 11 percent of high school seniors have at least tried it.
      *The product is already banned in 40 states, including neighboring West Virginia, which passed a law a year ago to prohibit retailers from selling synthetic marijuana because of its harmful effects.

    4. Great News! More people are informed and fighting back!

      Kimberly Mellon
      Petition Organizer

      Duane Canter wants to draw attention to the sale in local stores of a substance that mimics the effects of marijuana. Yet on the deadly effects of Spice, Joe Cohen, owner of Classic Cigars and British Goodies, said he is doing nothing illegal.

    5. Reached 50 signatures
    6. Please sign today! Tell the Senate to vote 'Yes' to the Ban!

      Kimberly Mellon
      Petition Organizer

      Your Signature will tell our Local, State and Federal Representatives to vote "Yes" to a ban on all Synthetic Marijuana, "Spice" and "Bath Salts". If we act now, we CAN make a difference before the holidays. Please sign and share with everyone you know. Please help save a life today!

      The Synthetic Drug Control Act would add over 30 synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of marijuana and cocaine to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, making them illegal to manufacture or dispense. It would also grant the Drug Enforcement Agency more authority to place temporary bans on potentially dangerous drugs as they are investigated.

      The bill passed by a vote of 317-98; some Democrats argued the law would make it harder for scientists to obtain needed chemicals for medical research.

    7. A Heart felt Thank You! House Votes to Ban 'Spice,' 'Bath Salts'

      Kimberly Mellon
      Petition Organizer

      Dec. 8, 2011
      The House today voted to ban a variety of synthetic drugs, including "spice," and "bath salts," that had previously been sold legally in stores throughout the country.

      The Synthetic Drug Control Act would add over 30 synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of marijuana and cocaine to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, making them illegal to manufacture or dispense. It would also grant the Drug Enforcement Agency more authority to place temporary bans on potentially dangerous drugs as they are investigated.

      The bill passed by a vote of 317-98; some Democrats argued the law would make it harder for scientists to obtain needed chemicals for medical research.

    8. Thanks to Alderwoman Russell and to the Frederick Police Department

      Kimberly Mellon
      Petition Organizer

      Kim ~

      Please find attached a recent press release from the Frederick Police Department’s ongoing efforts regarding synthetic marijuana and “bath salts”.

      Thanks for voicing your concern ~

      Kelly Russell ~ Alderman
      The City of Frederick, 101 N. Court Street
      Frederick, MD 21701, www.cityoffrederick.com

      Frederick Police Department
      100 West Patrick St.
      Frederick, Maryland 21701

    9. Reached 25 signatures
    10. Thank you Alderwoman Carol Krimm! Frederick City CAN make a difference!

      Kimberly Mellon
      Petition Organizer

      Carol Krimm writes, "The Board of Aldermen have a meeting scheduled with our Frederick state delegation on December 2, 2011 to discuss legislative priorities. I will raise your concerns with them at the meeting."

      Nov. 14, 2011- Chicago moves to ban synthetic marijuana after mother’s plea

      On June 14, Max Jacob Dobner went to the Fox Valley Mall and purchased a synthetic marijuana product known as Potpourri specifically marketed to get around a state law that was supposed to ban synthetic marijuana. Dobner then suffered a heart-pounding panic attack, paranoia, delusions and hallucinations before getting behind the wheel and driving 100 mph into a house.

      “Every day, I hear from people who have horrific experiences and they come out of it and say, ‘I thought it was safe because it was legal and it’s sitting on the shelf and they’re selling it. If marijuana is illegal, this must be safer.’ Well, it’s not. It’s poison sprayed on leaves,” she said.

    11. Reached 10 signatures
    12. Speak to your Maryland State Delegates - In Frederick, Saturday, Dec. 3rd

      Kimberly Mellon
      Petition Organizer

      Bring your voices to the Maryland State Delegates Public Hearing on Sat., Dec. 3rd, 2011, 10:00 am, Winchester Hall. Request your state representatives to impose an immediate ban on the sale of synthetic marijuana.

    13. Dangers of ‘designer drugs’ bring alerts in Frederick County

      Kimberly Mellon
      Petition Organizer

      Excerpt: Some communities in Maryland have placed bans on the sale of synthetic marijuana or spice. Baltimore County banned the sale of the substance last year, and Ocean City officials followed suit in August.

      But there has been no effort to ban the sale of these substances in Frederick County, said Barbara Brookmyer, the county’s health officer, who said the health department does not have local statistics for the use of synthetic stimulants and synthetic marijuana.

    14. Synthetic marijuana marketed to children is dangerous -- even deadly

      Kimberly Mellon
      Petition Organizer

      There is an epidemic infecting children in the Keys. It does not discriminate and it kills. This epidemic is smoking a substance known as synthetic marijuana. It does not come in tobacco form, but rather in tealike fancy packets with colorful labeling. It is being sold as incense or potpourri, and the children are mixing it with cigar tobacco to make blunts. This product is readily available and easy to purchase in head shops, via the Internet, in pornography and convenience stores, etc. Internet purchases usually enter the U.S. mail from India and Mexico. Parents have intercepted and are appalled to find this product delivered to their children. Internet restrictions are bypassed by clicking on the "I am 18 years of age" button. Cost is about $35 a gram, and the effects are brief compared to marijuana. For this reason the children smoke more at one sitting, and some have admitted to smoking six to seven blunts at one sitting.

    15. Loundon County - Northern Virginia

      Kimberly Mellon
      Petition Organizer

      Leesburg Police are trying to get retailers to stop selling it.


    Reasons for signing

    • Robert Kokesh CROSBY, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      My daughter and nephew are both using the drug risky busines

    • Tyler Register TROY, AL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I've tripped off of this. Not recommended.

    • Cindy Miller COLUMBIA, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      My 20 year old son is addicted to Spice. He was no different than a heroin, meth or any other addict. He was lying and stealing in order to get $ for Spice. He cared about nothing else. He had no car, phone and no job. Finally, we talked him into going to an inpatient facility a little over a month ago. So far so good. However, it pains me to no end to know that Spice is still sold even though the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 was signed this summer. More needs to be done to get the product off the shelves and the distributors and manufacturers prosecuted. Also, based on our recent experience that the courts, police and parole officers have no idea what Spice is. This scares me and more education and awareness is needed.

    • Kamal Jahrmarkt TAOS, NM
      • almost 2 years ago

      this is just turning marijuana into a drug like cocain or heroin. it is not a positive step for marijana! marijuana has healing properties and should be used for good. their has never been any weed related deaths and if the synthetic form starts harming people marijuana will get a worse wrap and become another processed harmful drug like cocain or tobacco! once pure...now chemicals!

    • B J
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm fine with real marijuana but synthetic does not have cbd which counteracts the negative effects of thc which is the chemical that synthetic marijuana mimics.


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