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Synthetic marijuana: Anything but safe

Synthetic marijuana is widely available  and legally sold at smoke shops and convenience stores across the country. The DEA is studying the compounds found in substances like K2, pictured, in order to determine the drug’s short- and long-term effects.

Synthetic marijuana is widely available and legally sold at smoke shops and convenience stores across the country. The DEA is studying the compounds found in substances like K2, pictured, in order to determine the drug’s short- and long-term effects.

The highs that users reach from using this drug are unpredictable and vary from extreme to mild.

No actual tests have been done to study the exact effects of this drug on the human brain, yet it is still legal?

In late 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced they were going to place the substances found in K2 on the controlled substance list in order to launch a full investigation on the drug and its side effects.

Since then, 40 states have outlawed the harmful drug, however excluding New York.

As a teenager myself, I am disturbed that such an unstable and dangerous drug can legally be available for people of my age, my peers.

I urge our state legislators to consider joining the 40 states and outlawing this potent drug.

Lila Seeley is a Cazenovia High School student and member of CazAction. The organization can be reached at 481-0115 or through the website cazaction1.wordpress.com.

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