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Teen Girls Hospitalized After Marijuana Brownie Binge
Two scofflaw teens were busted for selling cupcakes and other baked goods in a public park without a license earlier this month. The latest incident kicked the criminality up a notch; a 16 year old was arrested last week for selling marijuana brownies to two 13 year old girls who ended up in the hospital. Police say a suburban New York teenager has been arrested for trying out his own interpretation of the term high school. Officials at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua called police at 1:30 p.m. on November 16th to report that the two girls were feeling dizzy and nauseated. "It was determined that two girls ate a brownie that had been laced with marijuana," Detective Sgt. James Wilson said. "They ate it at the school, knowing there was marijuana in it, and felt sick shortly afterward."
The girls were rushed by ambulance to a Westchester Hospital, and were treated and released. The unidentified baker was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of criminal sale of marijuana. It's unclear whether the brownies were made improperly or if this was just a case of two inexperienced teens who didn't know enough to balance out their mellow with a little Four Loko.
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DEA Bans Fake Pot
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said it is temporarily banning the chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana. The ban goes into effect sometime in the next 30 days and will last for at least one year while the federal government weighs the possibility of permanently controlling the substances, ABC News reported Wednesday.
The synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, is a mixture of readily available herbs sprayed with chemicals. It allegedly mimics the effects of marijuana, a naturally growing, unprocessed weed. "Makers of these harmful products mislead their customers into thinking that 'fake pot' is a harmless alternative to illegal drugs, but that is not the case," acting DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart wrote in a statement.
"Today's action will call further attention to the risks of ingesting unknown compounds and will hopefully take away any incentive to try these products." The DEA reported preliminary tests found synthetic marijuana, which has been banned by at least a dozen states, has dangerous long-term and short term side effects, ABC News said.
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Colorado Weighs Difficulties Of Pot Regulations
Colorado is working toward becoming the first state to regulate production of medical marijuana. Regulators say pot consumers deserve to know what they're smoking, and producers should have safety regulations such as pesticide limits for plants destined for human use.
Right now, patients have no way to verify pot shop claims that certain products are organic, or how potent a specific strain might be Minor of Full Spectrum Laboratories is in Denver, which currently does voluntary marijuana analysis for about 100 growers and dispensaries. Minor and others in the pot business say industry standards are needed. But Colorado officials are having a tough time writing regulations for a product that's never been scrutinized or safety tested before.
New Mexico requires marijuana products to be labeled by strain and potency, and is planning by the end of the year to allow health inspectors to review samples. But currently none of the 14 states that allow medical marijuana regulate how it's grown. But it's a daunting task. Physicians, pot shop owners and state regulators all say standards are needed but guidelines don't exist.
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