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A package of synthetic marijuana, or spike.
July 10, 2015 NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Steve Featherstone about his reporting on the growing use of a cheap, unpredictable drug. It's not unusual, he says, to see users who have overdosed more than once.
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Dried plants dosed with psychoactive chemicals is marketed as K2 or spice.
April 27, 2015 The number of people seen in the ER with psychotic symptoms or seizures after using a type of synthetic marijuana called K2 has soared. Manufacturers often change its chemistry to evade detection.
A sign outside a medical marijuana dispensary in Manitou Springs, Colo. Voters amended the state's constitution to legalize marijuana for recreational use in November 2012.
September 13, 2013 Colorado has relaxed its marijuana laws, making authentic cannabis easier to come by. Synthetic marijuana that contains man-made chemicals has caused an outbreak of illnesses and hospitalizations across the state.
A package of K2, a concoction of dried herbs sprayed with chemicals sometimes called synthetic marijuana. New York moved to ban a wide range of products like these this week.
March 30, 2012 The New York State Health Department banned the sale of synthetic marijuana products like those on Thursday. So all kinds of wacky stuff that's made to get people high — but is often disguised as potpourri, incense or some mixture of herbs — is now verboten.
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