Press Conference Advisory New Law Banning Synthetic Marijuana Takes Effect Jan. 1

December 12

Will County Law Enforcement Officials Warn Retailers:
Stop Selling All Forms of Synthetic Marijuana or Face Felony Charges

WHAT:           Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, House Minority Leader Tom Cross and several Will County police chiefs will hold a news conference to discuss a new Illinois law banning the sale and possession of all known forms of synthetic marijuana effective January 1, 2012.

WHEN:           2 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WHERE:        Shorewood Village Hall, One Towne Center Blvd., Shorewood, IL 60404
DETAILS:       These products currently are being sold legally as “incense” over the counter in tobacco shops and convenience stores. HB 2595, drafted by State’s Attorney Glasgow and sponsored by Rep. Cross, bans the sale and possession of all known forms of synthetic marijuana.

Law enforcement officials will discuss enforcing the law through police compliance inspections scheduled for January. Penalties for violators will be outlined.

Officers will discuss how some merchants have encouraged customers to smoke these materials even though packaging states: “Not For Human Consumption.”  Several brands of synthetic marijuana purchased legally by law enforcement will be available for media inspection and photos.