Oklahoma is a waging a battle against synthetic marijuana, reports the Oklahoman. State law was changed years ago, when substances like “K2” hit the U.S. market, to try to stop convenience stores, head shops and other businesses from the selling the product, which authorities say is dangerous and potentially lethal. Common names of the products, which are ever-changing and typically sold in packages containing just a couple of grams, include “Kush,” “Mad Hatter” and “Cloud 9.” In Oklahoma, a handful of young people have been hospitalized after smoking synthetic marijuana, which is marketed as incense or potpourri.
A spokesman for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said law enforcement is “playing a game of cat chasing mouse” with the companies who create new synthetics by changing ingredients. In November, a 15-year-old boy in Mustang was hospitalized for days after telling his mother he’d smoked synthetic marijuana. The boy was on and off dialysis for several days. At the time, the student was one of two patients in Oklahoma City being treated for kidney failure after admitting to smoking synthetic pot. The CDC said the patients had smoked a product sold as “Flame 2.0.”