Scooby Snax and similar products are labeled as "potpourri" but are made with chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana.

Scooby Snax and similar products are labeled as "potpourri" but are made with chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana.

Synthetic cannabinoids are also known as fake marijuana – and while they target the same neurological system, reactions to the drugs are different. Synthetic cannabinoids often elicit violent, erratic behavior from users, and in Washington, D.C., city officials are linking a sharp increase in crime to its use. We explore what they are, what explains their popularity and what threats they pose to public health and public safety.

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  • Peter Hermann Reporter, Washington Post
  • Eric Wish Director, Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland
  • Donald Page Director, Community for Creative Non-Violence
  • Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt Director, District of Columbia Department of Health

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