synthetic marijuana

Florida prisons are seeing an increasing number of inmate deaths that authorities blame on a synthetic marijuana substance known as K2, or spice.

The increase in overdoses has prompted state officials to launch an educational campaign intended to show inmates the dangers of using the substance. The campaign was first reported by WLRN's news partner the Miami Herald.

Synthetic Marijuana Floods Tampa Bay Area

Mar 28, 2016

Law enforcement note a growing presence of synthetic marijuana in the Tampa Bay area and the nasty side effects — seizures and psychotic episodes — that sometimes accompany the mixes of chemicals which no one fully understands.

A Florida man faces child neglect charges after police say a 3-year-old girl in his care ingested synthetic marijuana.

Three Floridians are looking at stretches in prison after pleading guilty to a conspiracy to acquire and distribute the illegal synthetic drug known as "spice."

All three are from the Tampa area. Pleading guilty to a pair of federal drug conspiracy charges were 28-year-old Ahmed Yehia Khalifa and 25-year-old Ahmed Maher Elhelw. They face up to 20 years in prison on each charge and have agreed to forfeit more than $472,000 in assets.

After a weekend scare, in which more than two dozen people were treated at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, the threat from a bad batch of synthetic drugs called “spice” eased, with five remaining hospitalized. But health and law enforcement officials are on the alert for more cases, according to The Gainesville Sun.  


Synthetic Drug Sends 28 to Hospital

Jun 2, 2014

Two synthetic marijuana products -- identified as "Scooby Snax" and "Purple Flake" -- have sent more than two dozen people to the hospital in Gainesville. Health and police department officials are unsure as to whether or not the tainted products, commonly called "spice," are being sold in other areas since they are illegal and hard to track.

But both law enforcement and health workers may want to be on the lookout. The drugs are apparently tainted and “highly toxic,” according to Alachua County Health Department Director Paul Myers.