Posted Friday, December 6, 2013 --- 10:37 a.m.
Madison Police say downtown officers are becoming increasingly concerned about synthetic marijuana use in the upper end of State St.
Officers arrested two people near a bus shelter Wednesday afternoon for dealing or using hazardous substances. Police say they were sharing a “cigarette” that one man admitted was “Spice.” Spice is one name given to one of the many herbs sprayed with lab-created chemicals.
Police say that when smoked, synthetic marijuana is said to give users a stronger high than what they would get from using real marijuana.
Researchers have learned that using the chemicals can lead to seizures, hallucinations, convulsions, and extreme psychological problems.
Downtown officers say they have witnessed strange and sometimes violent behavior, seizures and even a heart attack in one case.
The arrested men purchased products at local businesses. They are often sold as“herbal incense” and the packages contain labels saying the contents are “not for human consumption.”
One man said he is aware of the dangers and warnings, but said he is hooked and that the addiction is similar to crack cocaine.