Students smoking legal fake pot

By Allison Bybee - bio | email

ST LUICE COUTY, FL (WFLX) - It's sold as incense, but more and more people are using it to get high. Experts say it's more powerful than marijuana.

St. Lucie County sheriff's deputies have been warning convenience store owners to stop selling the incense, called "Spice" or "K-2", saying it's too dangerous.

Tuesday night, a quick meeting was held for St. Lucie County School resource officers to brief them on fake pot.

Then, the officers hit the streets -- enlightening stores that sell this legal substance about its dangers and how teens are getting high and sick. "Ultimately, tonight [Tuesday] this is just making them aware that the shop owners have done nothing wrong," said an officer.

After the meeting, they headed to the stores seeing who had the fake pot and if they would join them in saving lives.

In just one school year alone, there have been 13 rescue runs to schools for fake pot use. Teens are buying it in stores -- feet away from high schools. "Because it is legal, we have to walk a fine line," said Chief Deputy Garry Wilson, St. Lucie County Police Office.

Many store owners said they didn't know the dangers. Since it says it's not for consumption, they say, they didn't know teens were smoking it .

Deputies say they'll check back with the stores that agreed to pull the fake pot. They hope they do it and others follow suit.

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