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Wanna Get High? — Police Confiscate Spice, K-2 From Stores

UPDATE: What is Cynthia's daughter doing now?

 

At this week's Police Commission meeting Chief Robert Gagne said the department has been proactive about getting synthetic marijuana off the shelves of Orange stores since the story about the dangers of "Spice" hit the Orange Patch website.

Gagne said officers confiscated $2,000 worth of product from the stores and  warned the store owners that it is illegal to sell sythetic marijuana (Spice, K-2, Potpourri) in Connecticut. 

Any store owner that did not have any of the illegal product in stock, was told not to purchase any for retail sale.

He said officers will continue to do spot checks on the stores and gas stations  and anyone that has it in stock will be fines.

Gagne said his research showed that this synthetic marijuana is up to 100 times more potent than marijuana.

Gagne said the town of Orange hasn't seen any medical situations involving this drug, but the department is being proactive about getting it off the shelves and other cities and towns are doing the same thing and confiscating "tons" of it.

Gagne said now there is attention being called to this synthetic marijuana and the danger it poses to the young people who smoke it to get high. 

He said he is happy that now it's on parents' radar.

UPDATE: I received good news from Cynthia about her daughter, who was addicted to this stuff.

She was happy to say that after the Patch story came out, her daughter went through a long week-and-a-half withdrawal and is no longer using this drug.

She has returned to her old self again, finding happiness in family activities and getting serious about her school work.

Mister Jones May 17, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Too bad Gagne can't resist a typical police canard about how "his research showed that this synthetic marijuana is up to 100 times more potent than marijuana." Really? By what measure? That's really hard to believe, and it will just encourage teen-age thrill seekers to find the stuff.
Mark May 17, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Agreed. On what does he base his statement? Not that I am FOR the sale of this artificial nasty substance, I tried it and believe me it is NOTHING like marijuana. (Which I DO use to control my epilepsy and have for decades..Thank GOD our state is passing the medical bill) The "High" is awful and very incapacitating ridden with anxiety and a feeling of "Somethings going to happen"..NOTHING like MJ at all. And the addition to the story about Cynthias kid being addicted to spice, there is NO addiction to marijuana and not ONE person in the history of it to my knowledge or the Google database can come up with even one instance of a person dieing from Marijuana use, but there are plenty of "Spice" deaths and psychosis episodes.
Greg May 18, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Mark, read your comment, then tell me how it makes sense to criticize the chief. Spice is poison and the chief being proactive helped save Cynthia's daughter. She wasn't able to go to the corner gas station to buy it anymore and finally realized that she was killing herself. Agreeing with Mister Jones makes you just as wrong as he is.
Mark May 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Greg I disagree with the chiefs statement that Spice is "100 times worse" than Marijuana. Greg it is exactly this unsubstantiated thinking that has left us with 80 years of prohibition and jailing of otherwise law abiding citizens.
Mark May 18, 2012 at 04:59 PM
It is exactly this thinking that has banned entire classes of potentially helpful (or harmful we don't know!) drugs from even being _allowed_ for study. For example there are reports from the 80's of Psilocybin Mushrooms showing promise in anxiety and depression therapy with ONE dose eliminating depression for years in some individuals in the study...(as opposed to being on Lexapro or Prozac for life) But they are now classed as Schedule 1 and cannot be tested further, and many countries follow OUR lead to classification.
Dan November 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
gave up on trying to fight real drugs? you should probably ban boose in orange also because im sure right now there is some kid getting addicted to beer. whats next on your agenda? ice cream? for the love of god why is it a problem for u if adults wanna use this stuff? leave us alone for christ sakes.

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