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Against Synthetic Marijuana in Maryland

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Spice "K2" is a psychoactive plant that is sprayed with synthetic chemicals which can induce dissociative effects and is a potent producer of visions, other hallucinatory experiences and can cause long term psychosis. Spice is a synthetic form of marijuana sold legally in many states, through head shops, gas stations and on line. This legal form of marijuana has proven to be more harmful then natural marijuana as the long term effects can be life threatening. My intentions are to make the Goverment, mass media, the Medical Community and the public aware of this deadly legal drug. I ask for help in supporting me in my efforts to help anyone like me that is suffering, to campaign for help and more research and getting this drug off the streets.
April 2012 marked two years that my own son, Kyle has been suffering from the effects of Spice. Kyle has endured seventeen hospital admittances and three suicide attempts, and was recently back in Johns Hopkins Hospital where he had to undergo fourteen Electric Shock Therapy Procedures. He has been placed on many anti-psychotic medications, which he has been treatment resistant to. My once athletic and talented son is now consumed by a constant state of psychosis, paranoia and despair. His diagnosis and treatment plan are limited, as well as  limitations with insurance, which have caused even greater stress due to the lack of resources and knowledge about how to treat patients that have landed themselves in the hospitals due to the use of this deadly drug.  It is my hope that I can reach out to the powerful media outlets who would find this story compelling enough to share it with the nation, in hopes that someone from the medical world, would stand up to offer me as well as others suffering, some help. In doing so, the public will be made aware of this danger, the medical community will they themselves become more educated and better equiped in helping our youth who have fallen victims to this drugs ravage.  And in turn force the Goverment to see the need in getting it off of our streets and making it part of a "Standarized Drug Screening".  We are losing more and more youth to a drug that is not needed and should not be on our streets.  I hope you find a strong enough interest and urge you to take a moment and research Spice further and talk with your loved ones and friends about their dangers and how they can destroy lives.  In doing so, we can all have hope in reaching some level of satisfaction as well as knowing we've helped others in making a difference in our communities and states.  I appreciate your time and look forward to a response.  
Robin Smith,

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