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Synthetic marijuana 'spice' is nothing too nice

Synthetic marijuana is just as illegal as the real thing in Georgia, 15 other states

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It's referred to as synthetic marijuana, but the effects can be much worse than the real thing.

"The lure and the attractiveness of it was that it was legal and couldn't be tested," said Gaylord Lopez, the director of the Georgia Poison Control Center.

Respiratory failure, hallucinations, anxiety attacks, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, seizures, unconsciousness and death can be among the side effects.

Teenagers and adults yearning for a legal high have sought out the drug known as Spice, K2 and Blaze.

"We had this one guy who worked for a major airline (in Atlanta)," Lopez said. "He and his wife were fooling around with it, and she started noticing that her husband was having seizure activity."

Synthetic marijuana is legal in 34 states. Georgia is not one of them.

After poison centers in the state began getting calls at the end of 2009, Georgia quickly moved to ban the product last summer.

HU-211, one of the five chemicals used to mimic the effects of marijuana, was classified as a schedule-1 drug, making it a felony to possess any amount of it. Drug tests were developed to recognize the chemicals.

The Drug Enforcement Administration in Georgia launched emergency action to outlaw four more chemicals.

The chemical compounds were created in a Clemson University lab for research purposes in the mid-1990s. The products became hot items overseas before the craze hit the United States.

"You don't know what you're getting when you buy these products," said Chuvalo Truesdell, a DEA spokesman in Atlanta, in an e-mail. "There is no list of ingredients. To know what you're getting you have to test it in a lab.

"Many retailers have reported they don't know what chemicals are in the products they sell so they don't know if they're breaking the law or not."

Lopez estimated the chemical compounds are four to 10 times more active than THC, which is found in pot. He said some argue that it's even higher.

"An investigator went out to all the shops that sell tobacco-related products," Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Robert Partain said. "At the time, they had all voluntarily pulled all of the Spice and returned it to the manufacturer."

So far, Richmond County hasn't made an arrest for possession of Spice. Columbia County has. The case is pending while the drug is being tested.

"We can't be certain that's what it is, but that's what we feel like it was," Columbia County sheriff's Lt. Shariff Chochol said of the substance discovered in November.

He said he believes that officers aren't seeing as much of the substance because of the legal consequences and because it doesn't give the high that people are expecting.

"If it is being used, we're not hearing about it," Columbia County sheriff's Staff Sgt. Trip Penn said. "We're not getting complaints from parents about it -- or anybody else, for that matter."

Where is it illegal?

Spice, or synthetic marijuana, has been outlawed in the following states:

- Alabama

- Arkansas

- Georgia

- Hawaii

- Illinois

- Iowa

- Kansas

- Kentucky

- Louisiana

- Michigan

- Mississippi

- Missouri

- Minnesota

- Oklahoma

- Oregon

- Tennessee

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charliemanson
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charliemanson 01/11/11 - 03:52 am
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So, Clemson gets credit for

So, Clemson gets credit for creating synthetic marijuana. Go Tigers!

usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/11/11 - 04:09 am
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"The chemical compounds were

"The chemical compounds were created in a Clemson University lab for research purposes in the mid-1990s. The products became hot items overseas before the craze hit the United States."

What were they created for and exactly who sold it for overseas manufacture? Was this created with tax dollars?

Someone's culpable here.

usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/11/11 - 04:10 am
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So funny, "people looking for

So funny, "people looking for a legal high". But ...

Respiratory failure, hallucinations, anxiety attacks, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, seizures, unconsciousness and death can be among the side effects.

april65
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april65 01/11/11 - 08:09 am
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Sounds like every other

Sounds like every other pharmaceutical ad on TV... 'So check with your doctor to see if Spice is right for you!'

WW1949
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WW1949 01/11/11 - 10:03 am
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Why the need for a high?

Why the need for a high? Something must not be right in their life to want to take such a chance.

copperhead
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copperhead 01/11/11 - 10:25 am
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The government should

The government should regulate EVERY drug from aspirin to cocaine. If you are caught with any type of drug,you should serve life at hard labor. If you have more than 4 aspirin,off to jail because it can be dangerous to your health. If you have more than one dose of ANY otc drug,you are a danger to yourself and need to be instructed by the government and protected from yourself.

Jane18
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Jane18 01/11/11 - 10:46 am
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I'm with you(again) Patriot,

I'm with you(again) Patriot, why was this stuff created and WHOSE money paid for it at Clemson? I want to say more, but I am getting angry that people are so weak, bored, non-productive, that they have to resort to this drug, any drugs, to make their lives somewhat more exciting. All I can really say about them, is "what a bunch of losers!"

roebling
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roebling 01/11/11 - 12:29 pm
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"Synthetic marijuana 'spice'

"Synthetic marijuana 'spice' is nothing too nice"
Calling harmful and illegal drugs by the marketing names, names like "ecstasy" and "spice", promotes use of those substances. It's helpful to that criminal industry even as it victimizes the children and childish adults who would buy those drugs. Identify the hurtful products by their accurate, chemical descriptions and leave the dealers to advertise their business elsewhere.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 01/11/11 - 01:03 pm
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If we keep doing the same

If we keep doing the same thing expecting a different outcome then who is crazy?

User420
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User420 01/11/11 - 03:12 pm
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Not to be a jerk, but why

Not to be a jerk, but why does a news organization go to a law enforcement agency to find out about the the safety of a drug? Wouldn't it be more prudent to ask a DOCTOR or health organization with many DOCTORS if it is safe or not? We have heard what the DEA says about marijuana, but the American Medical Association disagrees with them. The DEA seem to lie about anything that might get them more funding. That might be the case here as well.

You people who take the government's word on everything without even questioning are like the society members in "1984". Research...learn things for yourself....don't just take everything Uncle Sam tells you at face value! Oh great. Let's put some more kids in jail. Because of this insane drug war, we have more people in jail than most countries. We don't have enough room for violent offenders, but by God, we can get those folks in jail that aren't bothering anyone and smoking a joint. I think the DEA needs to be shut down. That would really improve the budget. We have spent trillions of dollars, ruined hundreds of thousands of lives just trying to control people's behavior.

The DEA Is losing the drug war and the FDA can't even regulate the pharmaceutical industry. Too much aspirin and a number of other over the counter medicines, including cold tablets (meth) can kill you too.... You don't see big brother going after them with a vindictive vengeance! So what is our Government left to do? Following the William Randolf Hearst method of propaganda, stamp it out through the media and mislead the public. Did you know The Hearst Company supplied most paper products? Patty Hearst's grandfather, a destroyer of nature for his own personal profit, stood to lose billions because of hemp was legal prior to the Stamp Act. How do we really know if this K2 is dangerous? So far, there is No Research, No Facts, Just a few isolated incidents and alarmed parents, just like in 1937 ala' Reefer Madness! SMH....

dani
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dani 01/11/11 - 03:17 pm
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Is there no end to the

Is there no end to the madness. Is there anybody left who doesn't need a crutch. I have friends who can't get through the day without an anti-depressant. Come on folks. Surely we can be better.

fd1962
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fd1962 01/11/11 - 03:33 pm
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I don't know, dani. Doesn't
Unpublished

I don't know, dani. Doesn't the Comical believe the daily euphoria it provides you is so indispensable that you will certainly rush now to pay them for it?

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 01/11/11 - 04:35 pm
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I don’t smoke, or take even

I don’t smoke, or take even doctor prescribed ADDICTIVE DRUGS. If you do, I hope you quit. But as long as the DEA, Probation service co's. Bail bondsmen, Prisons, Politicians, Crack dealers, Cartels’, etc. etc. etc. make as much money sponsoring the drug war as they do, does anyone really believe the drug war will EVER end? Anyone, anyone,… Bueller… Bueller….?
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overaugusta
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overaugusta 01/11/11 - 06:48 pm
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wow, some of you all need to

wow, some of you all need to get off the cross. someone else needs the wood.

overaugusta
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overaugusta 01/11/11 - 06:49 pm
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^^ oops, posted in wrong

^^ oops, posted in wrong article.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 01/11/11 - 09:33 pm
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dani wrote; Is there no end

dani wrote; Is there no end to the madness. Is there anybody left who doesn't need a crutch. I have friends who can't get through the day without an anti-depressant. Come on folks. Surely we can be better.

Everybodys got problems dani. If they say they don't, they'll lie about other things too... Ha hahah

svb14
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svb14 01/11/11 - 10:17 pm
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Bianca Cain, Where did you do

Bianca Cain,
Where did you do your research? I hope anyone reading this article, does further research if they want to know more about synthetic marijuana (K2). Not all of the information is wrong, but there is a lot of misinformation. Unfortunately, some people will read this article and come to conclusions without knowing the whole truth about spice.
PS: Don't knock it 'till you've tried it!

WW1949
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WW1949 01/12/11 - 12:38 am
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Crime Reports, I do not have

Crime Reports, I do not have any problems or any need to do any drugs and I am not lieing. sbv14, why would anyone be so naieve and try spice or any type of drug like it?

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 01/12/11 - 10:21 pm
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WW1949; Whew, Glad at least

WW1949; Whew, Glad at least one of U.S. is perfect. Sooo when do you announce your immortality??? Ha hhah

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