Investigation into Synthetic Marijuana
Updated: Wednesday, November 21 2012, 10:44 PM EST
Synthetic marijuana, a product federal agents say is outlawed, was caught being sold over the counter by our hidden camera only a week ago.
Fox45's investigative team found the drug tucked away behind the Plexiglas of a gas station in Northwest Baltimore.
In 2011, the Maryland Poison Center reported 150 cases of kids who had a
bad reaction after smoking synthetic marijuana. More than half of those
cases were between the ages of 13 and 19-years-old.
Mike Gimbel is an expert in the field of drug abuse and has seen the effects of the synthetic drug called "Scooby Snax."
Most, if not all, designer drugs warn the user that they are not for human consumption and can be harmful and potentially deadly if smoked. It's that warning that producers of the drugs are using in an effort to skirt the law. The ban only applies to drugs that are made for human consumption.
In July, the president pushed back and signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act, which makes even more synthetics illegal.
With federal agents warning of a crackdown, getting a handle on synthetic drugs in Baltimore is a lot tougher than getting them.