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Ban on synthetic marijuana products

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Selectman have agreed to create a Board of Health regulation that prohibits the sale of synthetic marijuana products in the town. Selectman Allin Frawley proposed the ban last month after sharing federal statistics that show the products, which are displayed in colorful packages and marketed as incense or potpourri, can produce dangerous side effects ranging from total kidney failure to psychosis. Board members voted for the proposal at a brief public session before Monday’s Special Town Meeting. Frawley, two years into his first term, said the legislation makes him proud. “This was a unanimous vote,’’ he said. “We asked, ‘Will this get it off the shelves?’ And the answer was yes.”