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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mr Nice Guy?????

I walked into a Miami convenience store and something caught my eye. A customer was buying marijuana and paying for it at the register. I looked around to make sure that a camera crew wasn't going to pop out with a group of people laughing, but this wasn't a joke. Marijuana being sold out of a convenience store?? When did this happen. I thought California was the only state that legalized marijuana and they are definitely not being sold out of stores. The package being brought said "Mr Nice Guy" When the customer opened his package at the register I couldn't believe my eyes. This couldn't be marijuana? So I decided to be nosey and investigate.

Mr. Nice Guy is an synthetic marijuana that is being sold as herbal incense. The product claims that it is a blend of different herbal smoke blends and is 100% drug test safe. It was being sold on the herbalcity.com website and is now being sold at our local convenience store and gas stations for $20.00-$30.00 per package, which weighs about one gram.

So what are the side effects and what makes this blend so different from marijuana that it is okay to be sold out of stores? Doctors are indicating that the product is a stronger version of the drug minus the THC. It is a variety of the herbals plants sprayed with chemicals mimicking THC. Mr. Nice Guys label states that it should not be used for humans consumption. This synthetic marijuana has been banned in 8 states and is leaving trails of emergencyroom visits and linked to some deaths. The symptoms include dizziness, nausea, abnormal heart beat, and hallucinations.

So I guess Mr Nice guys isn't so nice after all? and to my parents out there, here is another one to put on your list of things to educate our kids about.

POLL: Do you think that parents should educate their kids about Mr. Nice Guy or should parents keep it quiet until it's an issue at home or school. (answer in comment box)

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