The Frederick Police Department said these products are dried plant materials that is sprayed with a synthetic materials and has two main problems.
Spice, also known as synthetic marijuana, has materials that are legally marketed as incense and portrayed as a safe and legal drug in the drug culture but is actually very dangerous to ingest. Chief Tom Ledwell with the Frederick Police Department said these products are dried plant materials that is sprayed with a synthetic materials and has two main problems.
"One is that a majority of these products are marketed towards young people, whether it's children, teenagers or young adults," Ledwell said.
He said many consequences are unknown.
"They say not for human consumption so when you ingest something, specifically labeled not for human consumption you're taking a risk into your own hands. You never know what is in there, it is not a product tested or vetted through the FDA," Ledwell said.
He said this drug can be addictive and the short term effects include vomiting, increased heart rate and blood pressure, disorientation, agitation among many others and has even been the cause of one death. Since this drug is fairly new, the long term side effects have not yet been tested or studied.
The product is banned in Thurmont, Frederick and Walkersville. There is a city ordinance to shut down all store fronts that was selling it.