Synthetic Marijuana Found in Baltimore Despite Being Illegal
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:11 PM EDT
A Crime and Justice investigation by Fox45 has uncovered deadly drugs being sold over the counter, and most parents are unaware of it.
Synthetic marijuana was designed in a lab to get kids high and although it is illegal, our investigation shows it is not hard to find.
The drug can be found tucked away behind the Plexiglas of a Northwest Baltimore gas station. On Thursday night our cameras caught two young men walking up to the counter and asking for "Scooby Doos," the street name given to the chemically altered marijuana.
DEA agent Ed Marcinko knows the drugs chemical composition and has seen the dangers the drugs can cause.
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.
When a Fox45 crew returned the next day the convenience store said they did not have any of the synthetic drug. A manager later said they used to sell it but do not anymore.
In most cases, the drug is disguised as incense or aromatherapy on a credit card statement.