Marijuana Doesn’t Kill People So 'Synthetic Marijuana' Needs a New Name
Since March of this year hundreds of people spanning across 10 states have been hospitalized or even killed by what Federal authorities are referring to as a dangerously bad batch of ‘synthetic marijuana’.
Typically sold at gas stations and headshops, and always facetiously labeled “Not For Human Consumption” to cover their own asses, these unnatural chemical concoctions constantly have their formulas tweaked to try to stay ahead of the law and apparently some deadly rat poison made it into a recent batch.
Yup, rat poison.
Brodifacoum, to be exact – a powerful anticoagulant that essentially makes rodents bleed out of all holes until they die.
When smoked by humans (who are usually abstaining from cannabis to avoid failing some bullshit drug test) the side effects include: severe nose bleeds and vomiting, oozing gums, increased heart rate and blood pressure, collapsing, kidney damage, seizures, and even death.
Why the hell do we let them refer to this stuff as any sort of marijuana?
In just six days last week, paramedics in Washington D.C. responded to 210 calls for victims suspected of having ingested the tainted drugs. 150 of those patients were sent to local hospitals. Four deaths were also reported in the area but no connection has yet been confirmed.
By May 25th however, five deaths had been chalked up to this poison alternative to cannabis, another in Massachusetts was later added to the list.
All of those bloody, messy deaths are on the hands of those who oppose cannabis reform and legalization.
Athletes, military personnel, law enforcement officers and a lot of other people who cannot afford to fail a ridiculous drug test based on their use of cannabis often turn to alternative substances to take the edge off.
Historically that escape came in the form of alcohol, and prohibition of that substance also led to people taking increasingly dangerous measures to get their fix.
Today the soulless creators of these synthetic stand-ins use flashy packaging and familiar cannabis strain names to lure in unsuspecting customers who wouldn’t be able to decipher the ingredients list even if the manufacturers did provide one.
It’s not clear how or why the rat poison was added to the suspect batch of drugs, but some speculate that brodifacoum can slow the rate at which the user’s body metabolizes the rest of the drug cocktail, effectively extending the length of the “high”.
Some people got high for the rest of their life.
Others argue that it was probably just an unsanitary manufacturing process that inadvertently mixed the two poisons.
The FDA offers a more sinister explanation in their latest warning: “We’re joining together to send a strong warning to anyone who may use synthetic marijuana products that these products can be especially dangerous as a result of the seemingly deliberate use of brodifacoum in these illegal products.”
‘Seemingly deliberate’? The plot thickens!
Actually that is probably just a last ditch scare tactic by a department complicit in these deaths.
Whether a state legalizes the recreational use of cannabis or whether a state has incredibly strict anti-cannabis laws, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Because of this, a vast majority of employers still consider the plant to be taboo and will fire a worker for being associated with it in any way.
In too many cases, those under the oppressive thumb of prohibition turn to less savory options – like these bath salts – with drastic consequences.
Want to keep people from smoking rat poison?