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Curbing Synthetic Marijuana Use

Curbing Synthetic Marijuana Use.

A rise in the use of synthetic cannabinoids (SynCans) in Houston has prompted law enforcement officials to target sellers and users of the drug. However, taking a health-based approach toward curbing the use of SynCans, which has caused dangerous and sometimes fatal side effects in extreme cases, may be a more effective use of city resources, writes Katharine A. Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy.