New Hampshire declares state of emergency over synthetic pot
The state of New Hampshire has declared a state of emergency after 44 reported overdoses of “Smacked,” a synthetic marijuana-like product. The state of emergency authorizes public health officials to investigate stores and quarantine the product.
Smacked is sold in a packet and contains a bubblegum-flavored potpourri-like substance that is sprayed with chemically engineered substances similar to the active ingredient in marijuana. Compounds found in synthetic marijuana were banned by the federal government in 2012; New Hampshire is one of 40-some state that have since adopted similar bans, but the law has proven difficult to enforce.
In New Hampshire, Smacked was found in three convenience stores, whose business licenses were revoked. Police have urged other store owners to voluntarily remove synthetic marijuana products, as they could be held responsible for causing harm to users.
None of the overdoses in New Hampshire have been fatal, but officials warn that synthetic marijuana can pose serious health threats, particularly to young people.