Early May, we reported on 100+ people overdosing on fake weed in Texas. Now, the epidemic has reached New Hampshire, which is declaring a state of emergency after 44 people overdosed on the synthetic marijuana product “Smacked.”
“Smacked” was originally being sold in convenience stores as “potpourri,” but is now rapidly being removed from shelves. Governor Maggie Hassan has called for officials to investigate stores all over New Hampshire and remove the product, but most of the overdoses have occured in Manchester, the state’s largest city. Local officers have already revoked business licenses from three stores upon finding the Smacked on their shelves. Gov. Hassan believes Smacked’s flavors, specifically bubblegum, is one of the principle reasons young people are attracted to the drug.
In 2012, New Hampshire became one of 41 states to ban certain compounds of synthetic marijuana, but the ban has only prompted drug makers to use different ingredients that still deliver the same kick.
We hope people begin to realize the dangers behind this synthetic shit. Besides, we’ve never heard of anyone overdosing on natural bud.
[h/t The Cannabis]