Middleboro: Selectmen delay ban on synthetic marijuana

Middleboro store owners selling an illicit drug marketed towards children were given a 1-2 week reprieve before town officials likely ban the so-called synthetic marijuana.

On Monday selectmen agreed to delay enacting a health regulation that would ban a product children are smoking to get high.

Selectman Allin Frawley lobbied to put the regulation on the books immediately but the board put it on hold until it is reviewed by town counsel.

Frawley said at least four people who suffered complications from the drug were taken to the hospital by Brewster Ambulance in the last year.

Last week Frawley called for a boycott of stores that sell the drug, which is sold as incense and potpourri and marketed under a variety of names including Scooby Snax, WTF, AK 47, and Dead Man Walking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that when smoked it can cause kidney shutdown and a host of other serous side effects including erratic and psychotic behavior.

Selectman Ben W. Quelle said legislation is underway for a statewide ban.

Middleboro Selectmen will consider voting on the regulation at the Oct. 7 meeting.


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About Alice Elwell

Alice Elwell is a freelance reporter who lives on the South Shore. She joined the WATD team to widen our coverage to include Middleboro. She can be reached at acelwell2@gmail.com.