- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Law enforcement and health officials in Maine are concerned by the growing problem that synthetic marijuana poses to residents in the state.

WMTW-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2dTvlzv ) synthetic marijuana - also known as Spice or K2 - is similar to THC, the active chemical found in marijuana. But distributors of Spice are mixing harmful herbs and chemicals then passing it off as marijuana.

The New England Poison Center says the chemicals aren’t meant for human consumption and can cause dangerous hallucinations, drowsiness, seizures and heart attacks.

Portland resident Corey Swinger says he’s overdosed three times on synthetic marijuana within the past month.

Officials are worried that synthetic marijuana is compounding Maine’s heroin and opiate epidemic.

Portland police, however, say they are seeing less Spice today than a few months ago.


Information from: WMTW-TV, https://www.wmtw.com

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