A drug task force from central Ohio stationed in Franklin County Seized over 6,000 packages of synthetic marijuana on Wednesday 5/2/12. The sale of synthetic marijuana, marketed in brand names such as K2 incense, were prohibited this past October.
Between the afternoon and evening hours, over $250,000 of synthetic marijuana and bath salts were seized, after serving 17 warrants and making 38 buys. over $150 establishments were involved including gas stations, convenience store, and tobacco and smoke shops.
The sale of synthetic marijuana has been banned by the federal government, however the states and local municipalities have started to ban the substances one by one, as the federal government lacks the resources to go door to door to eradicate the substances.
Unlike real marijuana, synthetic marijuana has been responsible for a long list of emergency room visits considering how long it has been “available” to the public. Synthetc marijuana has life threatening side effects. Although synthetic marijuana toggles the same canniboid receptors in the brain, it does so differently, and with much more potency.
The substances are very popular amongst teens, who know little about what these packages contain or the risks they assume while consuming these products. It is attractive to teens due to the fact of its open availability, and many believe that synthetic marijuana does not show up in drug tests, however laboratories have developed test kits for these substances, and testing for synthetic marijuana is becoming more mainstream. If you suspect your child has been consuming synthetic marijuana, synthetic marijuana drug testing kits are now currently available to the public.
It is important to educate your children, and keep an eye on their social loop to ensure their health and safety.