Warn­ings is­sued about syn­thetic pot

Penticton Herald - - WORLD -

WELLING­TON, New Zealand — New Zealand of­fi­cials are urg­ing peo­ple to stop smok­ing syn­thetic mar­i­juana af­ter they say nine peo­ple have died this month in the city of Auck­land af­ter us­ing the drug.

Po­lice say they sus­pect a 31-yearold woman was smok­ing syn­thetic mar­i­juana shortly be­fore her death Thurs­day even­ing, the lat­est in a string of such in­ci­dents. Po­lice say other fac­tors may have con­trib­uted to the woman’s death.

Syn­thetic mar­i­juana is a man­u­fac­tured sub­stance that uses chem­i­cals sim­i­lar to those found in nat­u­ral mar­i­juana to pro­duce a high. It is il­le­gal in New Zealand.

Au­thor­i­ties say the drug is dan­ger­ous and is some­times laced with other chem­i­cals.

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