Synthetic Drugs a Problem in Murfreesboro - A More Powerful Problem Than Real Mary Jane?

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More and more synthetic weed is being found in Rutherford County. Two cases were recently reported in the past four days in Murfreesboro where officers found synthetic cannabinoid.  

Cannabinoids (synthetic marijuana) are a class of diverse chemical compounds that help to repress a persons’ neurotransmitter release in the brain. To understand how synthetic marijuana works, you have to first understand that the drug is made in a lab and it is often far more dangerous than the real plant because of its potency. Depending on the compounds used to make the drug, it can be up to 800-times more powerful than real marijuana.

On Monday evening police went to the Murfreesboro Motel to check into a disturbance. Once on the scene, they found a small bag of synthetic drugs in a hotel bathroom. Officers arrested 38-year old David Wilson. Wilson was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia for a pipe he allegedly possessed and possession of synthetic cannabinoid. He will be in court this December.


Synthetic marijuana type drugs are still legally sold in some states in packaging that is labeled “Not for human consumption.” The names on the packaging include, "Spice," "Black Mamba," "K2," "Fake Marijuana" and "Sexy Monkey.” It is illegal for synthetic drugs to be sold in Tennessee. The National Institute on Drug Abuse claims that synthetic forms of marijuana are the second most widely used drugs among high school students. The number one most used drug is real marijuana.

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