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.