Boycott of store selling 
synthetic marijuana set

Published: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 8:29 p.m. CDT

AURORA – An Aurora mother will lead a picket and boycott today of an Aurora store that sells synthetic marijuana.

“The community deserves to know what is being sold there,” said Karen Dobner, president of To the Maximus Foundation, which is organizing the picket and boycott.

Karen Dobner said she believes that a synthetic form of marijuana played a part in a June crash that killed her 19-year-old son, Max Dobner, after his 1999 Chrysler Cirrus slammed into a house near the intersection of Mooseheart Road and Route 31 in unincorporated Batavia Township.

State police lab results and the Kane County Coroner’s autopsy detected the presence of JWH-210, a known ingredient in synthetic marijuana, in Max Dobner’s body.

Karen Dobner said the store has ignored requests to stop selling synthetic marijuana, which is sold as potpourri. The Aurora City Council is set to vote on a measure on Tuesday that would ban stores from selling synthetic drugs.

After that measure is approved, Dobner said her group plans to picket stores in other communities selling synthetic drugs. State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, and State Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville, have said they will work on legislative efforts to ban all forms of synthetic marijuana in Illinois.

The occupants of the home Max Dobner crashed into were in the backyard and were not injured. Witnesses said his 1999 Chrysler Cirrus was going at a high rate of speed before the crash, which occurred just south of the Mooseheart campus.