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Aurora mother campaigns against synthetic marijuana called ‘Iaroma’

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Updated: July 14, 2011 4:37AM

Karen Dobner, the mother of an Aurora teenager killed last month when his car crashed into a house in North Aurora, will be on NBC’s “The Today Show” Thursday morning, talking about the dangers of the so called “synthetic marijuana” sold as Iaroma, which she believes is responsible for her son’s death.

Just hours before 19-year-old Max Dobner was seen driving up to 100 mph down Mooseheart Road before crashing into a house, he’d told his older brother he and a friend had bought Iaroma at a tobacco shop at an Aurora mall.

It is legally sold as potpourri, but authorities say it is used as a synthetic marijuana by teens and can cause hallucinations, rapid heartbeats and panic attacks.

Family friend Lynette Brent said Karen Dobner was contacted by NBC after her story ran on local TV last week. “The Today Show” sent a crew to her home on Monday evening, and she flew out Tuesday morning to tape an appearance on the national morning show.

Her goal, said Brent, is to bring national attention to the dangers of a product teens can easily buy over the counter. Dobner will push for legislation to ban the substance.

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