DHH warns of new synthetic marijuana crisis
BATON ROUGE - State health officials said Thursday they will sign a new ban on synthetic marijuana products blamed for a wave of recent overdoses.
Kathy Kliebert, the secretary for the Department of Health and Hospitals, said the new ban would be signed by Governor Bobby Jindal today.
East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark said 100 overdoses on synthetic marijuana have been reported in the last two weeks, some of which had near-fatal consequences.
Health officials said synthetic marijuana is such a dangerous cocktail because it's not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products can come in a variety of different mixtures in order to skirt around past state-level regulations, which state officials said means that people never know what they're going to get when they purchase it.