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3 Deaths May Be Linked to Synthetic Marijuana
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 08, 2013 @ 7:45PM
Created on September 08, 2013 @ 7:19PM

Three people have died and approximately 75 people needed to visit hospitals after reportedly smoking synthetic marijuana.

It's generally referred to as "K-2," and was once legal all across America.

According to the drug enforcement administration, the number of calls to poison centers related to synthetic drugs increased by nearly 10,000 from 2010 to 2011. Experts say a major reason for this is misrepresentation.

The synthetic spices are listed as natural and therefore viewed as harmless.

Many people argue that legalizing marijuana would prevent these issues.

"It's ridiculous how that can be legal and it sends so many people to the hospital and I've never heard of someone smoking too much pot and ending up in the hospital," said Lucian Parziale, from Monongalia County.

Ray Galgon, also a Monongalia County resident said, "It's a message to the lawmakers and people who are trying to legalize marijuana because it shows that this stuff shouldn't be sold and marijuana should. It shows that there is a huge difference between the chemical stuff and the natural stuff that people smoke."

Doctors said there's additional side effects to synthetic marijuana compared to natural marijuana and little is known on how to treat any negative side effects.

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