Synthetic marijuana sickens at least 221 Coloradans in a month, report says

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One synthetic pot ingredient.
As you know, real marijuana is now legal for 21-and-over adults in Colorado, at least in small amounts.

But smokable "synthetic marijuana" remains illegal -- and a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows why.

In August, use of synthetic marijuana was linked to 221 Colorado emergency-room visits -- one of the largest totals since the quasi-legal compounds first became popular a few years ago.

According to the CDC's account of the illnesses, the majority of the patients went to the hospital with increased blood pressure, while others say they felt aggressive, agitated and confused. Ten people were put in intensive care, but there were no reported deaths -- despite rumors of as many as three people dying as a result of smoking the chemicals. The patients' median age was 26, and 80 percent of them were male.

In its report, the CDC identified numerous brand names for the chemicals, including Black Mamba, Crazy Monkey, Crazy Clown, Dead Man Walking, Funky Monkey, Sexy Monkey, SinX, Spice, TenX, Twilight and 3X. Two convenience stores, a head shop and a gas station were listed as the points of sale, though the agency didn't identify the specific culprits. The CDC attributed the hospitalizations to two new types of synthetic smokable drugs, ADBICA and ADB-PINACA, neither of which have any actual connection to marijuana. Both chemicals are listed as Japanese research chemicals that were reverse-engineered from existing Pfizer patents; neither has been tested on animals, let alone humans.

Based on that, it's more appropriate to call these things "synthetic drugs" than synthetic marijuana. But marijuana is at least partially responsible for the popularity of synthetic drugs: Because they often can't be detected by drug tests, they became popular alternatives for people unable to consume real cannabis. The CDC noted the testing difficulties in its report, saying that it was hard to determine which substance and how much of it each person had consumed.

And despite laws banning the synthetic drugs, they are still widely available. A quick Google search of the chemical names brings up numerous offshore "research" companies willing to send over grams of the stuff to anyone with a credit card.

This isn't the only time this year that synthetic smokable drugs made the news in Colorado. Back in September, Colorado Springs mother Stephane Colbert sued the convenience store that had sold her son "Mr. Smiley" in 2011, after federal bans on the drugs and their analogs were passed.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Fun Facts for the Holidays --


                    Tetrahydrocannabinols in clinical and forensic toxicology


9THC and related compounds are determined in autopsy material, although deaths by overdose of cannabis are exceptionally rare.Fatalities happen most often after intravenous injection of hashish oil.


A Comparison of Mainstream and Sidestream Marijuana and Tobacco Cigarette Smoke


It was found in 2007 that while tobacco and cannabis smoke are quite similar,
cannabis smoke contained higher amounts of ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, and nitrogen oxides, but lower levels of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

This study found that directly inhaled cannabis smoke contained as much as 20 times as much ammonia and 5 times as much hydrogen cyanide as tobacco smoke and compared the properties of both mainstream and sidestream smoke. 

Mainstream cannabis smoke was found to contain higher concentrations of selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) than sidestream tobacco smoke

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

               *** Emergency Room Visits by Stupid Stoners ***


LONGMONT, Colo. — Two people suffered burns in an explosion in Longmont on Wednesday after trying to extract oil from marijuana. Police say it’s just the latest example of a dangerous trend.


Longmont police say three people will face arson charges after the small explosion inside a garage. Though there wasn’t extensive damage to property, witnesses reported a briefly chaotic scene.


“They heard an explosion,” said detective Jeff Satur with the Longmont Police Department. “The garage door came open, they observed several people run out of the house that were on fire.”


“I was definitely concerned. I sprinted over to their house,” said Dan Krauss, who lives across the street.


Krauss said he was relieved to see police and firefighters arrive quickly, getting one man, with serious burns, the help he needed. But Satur says the three victims are now also suspects in an arson case.


“We believe they were doing a butane extraction, trying to capture hash oil,” Satur said.

Hash oil, also known as hemp oil or honey oil, is a potent, liquid form of marijuana often extracted using butane. That process can also generate potentially explosive vapors.


“All it takes is one quick spark,” said Jerry Means, an arson investigator with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. “The pilot light on a water heater or a furnace and kaboom.”


Similar blasts, have happened across the state in recent months. According to a recent bulletin by the Colorado Information Analysis Center, a blast in Lakewood caused injuries in February.


An explosion in Carr in August not only blew out windows but moved the outside walls of a home. Colorado Springs police have investigated two incidents in just the past few months including one last week at an apartment complex.


“We’ve had situations where there are small children in one side of the house and then they’re manufacturing this hemp oil in the other side of the house,” Means said.

People who live near the home where the latest explosion took place said they relieved it wasn’t worse.


“I took a great deal of comfort in knowing it was not a meth lab,” Krauss said.

Police looked at it differently.


“They put the neighborhood at risk,” Satur said.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "Because they often can't be detected by drug tests, they became popular alternatives for people unable to consume real cannabis."


They are hugely popular with Government Employees, Military, Parolees/Probationers and others who are forced to surrender to periodic drug testing as conditions of their employment or status.


Thanks again A64 and A20 -- for failing to establish and protect any personal right to use marijuana, even medical -- instead explicitly allowing Employers, Insurers and Government to continue to discriminate against MMJ patients.


MikeGr
MikeGr

http://thejointblog.com/first-year-cannabis-legalization-saves-colorado-millions/

Art Way, Senior Drug Policy Manager in Colorado for the Drug Policy Alliance

Art Way sez: "According to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, by removing criminal penalties the state has saved anywhere from $12 million to $40 million dollars over the last year. "

Art Way sez: "10,000 primarily young adults will likely not be hindered by the collateral consequences of a drug charge." 


Hmm.... what criminal penalties EXACTLY did A64 remove?

Jeffrey Grubesic
Jeffrey Grubesic

WE'RE IN COLO YOU MORONS!!! We have the best pot on the planet being grown in this state...AND STILL we have THESE FUCKING MORONS GETTING SICK FROM FAKE WEED. DUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

DiscoAudra Roth
DiscoAudra Roth

Stop calling it SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA!! It is NOT even close at ALL to cannabis! Get off Facebook and educate yourself in the differences of what the chemical compounds are in each of them! NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE SAME!! Wake the F up! #sheep

Steven DeZort
Steven DeZort

When are humans going to learn that we suck at creating synthetic substitutes for naturally occurring things.

Jamie Strickler
Jamie Strickler

I wish we had numbers for this in states where pot isn't legal!

Phil Knight
Phil Knight

Hmm, imagine that. Something synthetically made by humans in a lab is making people sick - wierd, first time thats ever happened right? idiots

Dylan Wike
Dylan Wike

How many alcohol accidents have occurred in the month of August?

Meghann Maguire
Meghann Maguire

Why don't these morons just buy real weed!! Not like it's hard to find in CO

stuka1
stuka1

Why does Westword put this in the Marijuana section? This shit isn't marijuana and has nothing whatsoever to do with marijuana, period.

Anthony Bbi Valdez
Anthony Bbi Valdez

Bad news that shit is horrible I don't know why it's still on the market ...JUST SMOKE MMJ

Seth Iniguez Bertoni
Seth Iniguez Bertoni

Xi Xing, doubtful, alcohol has been at 21 for quite some time. Doesn't mean that some under 21 won't still be able to get a hold of it.

Xi Xing
Xi Xing

Will this push lawmakers to extend the legal smoking age to 18 (or lower)?

Loren Bagola
Loren Bagola

real Cannabis helps out the body, Fake cannabis kills....who made it ok for kids to do this nonsense

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Feds call out Colorado in releasing study on teen pot use

Federal drug abuse officials called out Colorado by name Wednesday in releasing a new national survey of illicit drug use among teenagers, saying marijuana legalization efforts are clearly changing youth attitudes in a dangerous way.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy noted many teens report getting their marijuana from others with medicinal marijuana access. Past-month pot use by high schoolers jumped over five years, and perceived risk by teens is plummeting, said the annual report of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Colorado, Washington and other states heading toward legalization are conducting a "large social experiment" that "portends a very difficult time" for drug-abuse control, said Gil Kerlikowske , director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The federal officials cited changes from 2008 to 2013 to make their point: past-month use by 12th-graders nationally rose from 19.4 percent to 22.7 percent; among 10th-graders, use went from 13.8 percent to 18 percent.

Meanwhile, the perceived risk of using pot is near all-time lows. High school seniors who view marijuana as a risk fell to just under 40 percent this year.

More teenagers now smoke pot than smoke tobacco cigarettes, the federal officials noted.

Kerlikowske said advocates in all the states moving toward legalization have vowed to regulate pot so that teenagers won't get access. "In every state, that promise has been broken," he said, noting audits highlighting failed regulation by Denver and Colorado officials.

MikeGr
MikeGr

@DonkeyHotay When in the garage there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bong to see what was the matter.
Away from the window I flew like a flash,
Stupid stoners in Longmont again, blowing up hash!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@MikeGr  - .. more proof that Pot Pimps are LYING LIARS!!


A64 did NOT repeal a single Felony marijuana statute in Colorado.

Felony arrest reduction = Fucking ZERO


A64 did NOT repeal a single Misdemeanor marijuana statute in Colorado

Misdemeanor arrest reduction = Fucking ZERO


A64 explicitly EXCLUDED EVERY young ADULT under 21 from ANY LEGAL ACCESS to any rec. marijuana -- not a single gram, not a single plant -- deliberately leaving them completely exposed to ALL CRIMINAL statutes, arrest and prosecution in Colorado.


Proving that scumbags like Art Way, Lyin' Brian Vicente, Mendacious Mason Tvert, et. al., are nothing but prevaricating prohibitionist pukes.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Love the post, Jeffrey. We're going to highlight it in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

William Breathes thinks "synthetic drugs" is a more accurate way to describe this stuff, as he mentions in the post. Thanks for weighing in, DiscoAudra.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting view, Steven. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Steven DeZort ... says the dullard who wears synthetic fabrics, lives in a house made of synthetic materials, rides in vehicles made of synthetic components, whose bicycle seat is made of synthetic fabric, whose skateboard has synthetic wheels.



michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Good point, Jamie. Thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Phil Knight


Hmm, imagine that. Something found in nature is making people sick - wierd [sic], first time thats [sic] ever happened right? idiot!


stuka1
stuka1

Why are the Jackass and his many sock puppets "Liking" my posts?  It makes me feel a little dirty...

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

You're right about that, Marcus. Thanks.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  

Oh, look -- the ONDCP shill is pandering ONDCP propaganda. 


"Title VII Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998: H11225:

Responsibilities. --The Director-- [...]

(12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that--  is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and  has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;"

 ^^^ What this means is that ONDCP is tasked with using any means necessary to fight legalization -- including having shills like DonkeyHotay spam their bullshit propaganda on blogs like this.



No one is fooled, you pathetic piece of shit.  Go back to sucking Kevin Sabet's ass, it's all you are good at.

MikeGr
MikeGr

@DonkeyHotay The study Art Way-off used for this article was written in June 2012. How did a June 2012 study prove that Colorado has saved millions, when A64 didn't even pass, let alone become implemented, until Nov. 2012???

LYIN' LIARS is an understatement, it seems. Does the stoned public really just eat this crap up?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@michael.roberts ... Point is that the Prohibitionist A64 explicitly EXCLUDES everyone under 21 from ANY LEGAL ACCESS to rec. marijuana ... thereby helping to fuel the demand and market for such "dangerous synthetics".


Thanks A64! ... thanks lyin' Brian Vicente and mendacious Mason Tvert for continuing to HARM children and young adults with your PROHIBITIONIST drug policies!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "What this means is that ONDCP is tasked with using any means necessary to fight legalization "


Who needs the ONDCP when you have idiots and fools who write and support festering turds like A64 which is nothing but a Pro-Law Enforcement Continuation of Prohibition against marijuana?


... and clueless fucktards like you pimped and voted for it.


A64 GUARANTEES that real legalization will NEVER happen in Colorado.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   Oh, look, the ONDCP shill is trolling the WW blogs again. Who knew?

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