Drug is legal; charges against Janesville man dismissed

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Gazette staff
Monday, June 2, 2014

JANESVILLE—The Rock County district attorney warns that even though a drug might be legal, it still could have mind-altering or physically harmful effects.

 District Attorney David O'Leary made the comment in a news release about his dismissal of charges against a Janesville man accused of using his teenage daughter to deliver synthetic marijuana to another minor.

Quentin A. Ellefson, 42, of 510 Lincoln St., Janesville, was charged in December with using a child to deliver drugs.

The state crime lab tested the drug and found it contained a synthetic cannabinoid, but the chemical was not listed in the Wisconsin Uniform Controlled Substances Act, so Ellefson could not be charged, according to O'Leary's news release.

“Manufacturers of synthetic cannabinoids rapidly introduce new chemical compositions of synthetic cannabinoids into the market to circumvent the Controlled Substances Act,” O'Leary said.

The case came to police attention Dec. 4, 2013, when a Janesville mother called to say her son was sick in bed after buying synthetic marijuana from the girl, according to the criminal complaint.

The girl later told police her father obtained the drug from a smoke shop in Elkhorn.

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