Colorado is a major distributor of synthetic marijuana or “Spice,” but a new law could put many sellers out of business.
A tobacco store in Denver remains open despite several police raids and an arrest in the past year for allegedly selling illegal synthetic marijuana.
A federal team has arrived in Colorado to help investigate hospital reports that synthetic marijuana is to blame for scores of recent illnesses and possibly three fatalities in Denver and Colorado Springs.
Synthetic marijuana has sent 75 people to the hospital in the Denver metro area in the past few weeks.
Denver-area hospitals are seeing a rise in emergency cases involving synthetic marijuana, which can cause confusion, violent behavior and hallucinations.
Health officials are continuing to see people being hospitalized with a bad reaction after taking “Spice.”
Police believe a bad batch of “Spice” is making its way around the Denver metro area and sending dozens to the hospital.