A legal, synthetic form of marijuana being sold at some local tobacco shops and gas stations has Winston-Salem police concerned.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Police Chief Scott Cunningham will discuss the dangers of the synthetic marijuana, known as K2 or Spice, at a briefing on Wednesday.
Synthetic cannabinoids can cause symptoms such as hallucinations, severe agitation, elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure and vomiting, according to the paper. Dr. Anthony Scalzo, a toxicology professor at St. Louis University, told the paper the synthetic marijuana can sometimes cause people to suffer tremors and seizures.
Cunningham will discuss whether he and other police chiefs may lobby state legislators to pass a law to ban the drug, which is legal in many states, including North Carolina. There also are no statistics in North Carolina regarding the drug's use because it's not an illegal controlled substance, according to the paper.