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California: Synthetic Marijuana Suspected In Mass LA Overdose


By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

In the Skid Row area of Los Angeles 14 people were transported to hospitals Monday after a suspected mass overdose. Health officials said they believe the synthetic marijuana drug known as spice caused the overdoses.

The overdose symptoms include seizures, violent behavior, and altered levels of consciousness.

"We don't have toxicological confirmation, but it's presumably spice, which is a synthetic type of cannabis, or marijuana," Dr. Marc Eckstein, the LAFD medical director and EMS bureau commander, told reporters on the scene. "Because it's synthetic, nobody for sure knows what active ingredients are in there. The strength is variable."

The LAFD on Friday responded to another incident, in which 50 people were evaluated for overdose symptoms and 38 people were transported to a local hospital for suspected overdoses related to spice, according to an LAFD spokesman. He confirmed to ABC News that the drug has become a growing problem for officials.

"The drug use here is very widespread amongst the homeless population here in the Skid Row area," Eckstein told ABC News station KABC-TV. "People would use or smoke spice at their own peril. They're taking their lives into their own hands."

Connecticut: 4 Teens Hospitalized After Eating Brownies Made With 'Synthetic Marijuana'

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Four teens in Danbury, Connecticut were hospitalized after eating brownies they thought were made with marijuana, but they may have really been laced with 'synthetic marijuana'.

Police questioned the student who sold the brownies at Henry Abbott Technical School in Danbury.

The American Association of Poison Control says that 'synthetic marijuana is extremely different from actual marijuana because it is laced with powerful unregulated chemicals incorrectly referred to as "cannabimimetics." The marijuana industry has denounced synthetic products having any kind of association with the marijuana plant.

Having names like Spice, No More Mr. Nice Guy,or K2, the products are nothing more than dried leaves (such as oregano) sprayed with chemicals designed for extensive abuse. Synthetic drugs manufactured in China and distributed through the internet and head shops have become a growing problem in schools across the country. We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Colorado: New Report Gives More Good News As Legalization Gains Momentum


Report Provides Comprehensive Data on Marijuana Arrests and Charges in Colorado After Legal Regulation for Adult Use

Marijuana Possession Charges Decrease From 30,000+ in 2010 to Less Than 2,000 in 2014

All eyes are on Colorado to gauge the impact of the country’s first-ever state law to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older. Since the first retail marijuana stores opened on January 1, 2014, the state has benefitted from a decrease in traffic fatalities, an increase in tax revenue and economic output from retail marijuana sales, and an increase in jobs, while Denver has experienced a decrease in crime rates.

Now, a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) brings another jolt of good news by providing comprehensive data on marijuana arrests in Colorado before and after the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012. The report compiles and analyzes data from the county judicial districts, as well as various law enforcement agencies via the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

The report’s key findings include:

• Since 2010, marijuana possession charges are down by more than 90 percent, marijuana cultivation charges are down by 96 percent, and marijuana distribution charges are down by 99 percent.

• The number of marijuana possession charges in Colorado courts has decreased by more than 25,000 since 2010 – from 30,428 in 2010 to just 1,922 in 2014.

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