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30 July 2010

Synthetic marijuana, legal in U.S., causing outcry

An herb and chemical blend that is sold legally in the US as incense but produces a marijuana-like high when smoked is landing a rising number of people in emergency rooms.

An herb and chemical blend dubbed K2 that is sold legally in the U.S. as incense but produces a marijuana-like high when smoked is landing a rising number of people in emergency rooms, doctors said.

"My first reaction to a product like this is 'buyer beware,'" said Anthony Scalzo, director of toxicology at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis.

 

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