This time, a man was found lying in the middle of a Cedar Rapids street "extremely intoxicated" on the drug.
Synthetic marijuana was made illegal last year after an 18-year-old died while on the substance two years ago; we reported this year that hospitalizations due to synthetic pot were rising in Marion and Cedar Rapids. Now it seems that another dramatic example of the dangers of the drug has appeared. Cedar Rapids Police say they found a man "extremely intoxicated" on the substance, lying in the middle of 16th Ave SW in Cedar Rapids Wednesday night, according to the Gazette. Officials have not released the man's name. He was hospitalized and sent to Mercy Hospital.
A bill currently in the Iowa House of Representatives bans new varieties of synthetic pot.
Marion police and Cedar Rapids hospitals have spoken out on their encounters of synthetic pot and the dangers that accompany the drug. In a previous interview with Marion Patch, Scott Elam, lieutenant in Charge of Investigations at the Marion Police Department, said the most dangerous feature of the drugs is how widely they vary in makeup and the varied, untested effects they have on the human body. "I think they most dangerous thing with the synthetics is that (manufacturers) go and change the chemical makeup," he said. "There are no studies as far as what that will do to someone long term." But now Iowa legislators are taking action to ban some of the newer varieties of synthetic pot. According to Radio Iowa, a bill banning this …