CDC report says 221 sickened by synthetic pot in Colorado, 1 strain linked to Georgia outbreak

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 13, 2013 - 3:49 AM

DENVER — Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year, according to a federal report released Thursday.

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aardvark878Dec. 12, 13 6:20 PM

One of the arguments I've seen for pot legalization in comment sections is that if pot were legal, people wouldn't turn to the synthetics. I always suspected that was a bogus argument. And so it is.

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theruntDec. 12, 13 7:09 PM

aardvark878: Sale of marijuana becomes legal in Colorado Jan. 1, 2014.

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tracerbulletDec. 12, 13 8:34 PM

Aardvark I think you have it backwards. Synthetic pot made these people sick, not real pot. It doesn't prove that real pot is OK, but it does tend to imply that synthetic is bad. Tells me it's a good argument, not bogus.

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nessmessDec. 12, 13 8:47 PM

synthetic pot (Spice) is not THC.... The two can not be compared....

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ralph6767Dec. 12, 13 9:05 PM

According to the story, the report is based on a JOINT investigation. Really?

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hoimangggDec. 12, 13 9:09 PM

Some people like the fake stuff better because of the intensity. The real stuff is pretty harmless. Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise has never tried any.

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fatredneckDec. 12, 13 9:17 PM

It is tough to understand why people in Colorado would be using that synthetic junk. Possible guess - it's cheap, really cheap. Bathtub gin, anyone? Another reason may be that these unfortunates are "drug tested" in their workplace. Detecting (inactive) metabolites of real Marijuana could lose them their jobs, legal in CO or not. This stuff is probably undetectable. Too bad companies feel they own their worker's bodies 24-7.

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aventhusedDec. 13, 13 7:56 AM

I would like to do a "joint investigation" into that container labeled Blue Dream. ;)

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