Nine people indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver were arrested in a handful of states as part of a national crackdown on synthetic marijuana, state and federal authorities announced Wednesday.
Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year, according to a federal report released Thursday.
Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are traveling to Denver to investigate an alarming number of people hospitalized after using synthetic marijuana.
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.
Selling or manufacturing synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” would be illegal in Colorado under a bill in consideration at the state Legislature.
A permanent Colorado ban on synthetic marijuana sold as Spice or K2 is back before a Senate committee.
It’s already banned in 16 states. In 30 days, products sold as synthetic marijuana will be illegal nationwide.