A new synthetic strain of marijuana which reportedly gives users superhuman strength and immunity from pain has the New York Police Department really worried, apparently.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton called a press conference yesterday to announce plans to crack down on the drug.
And, although the idea of being crazy strong and feeling no pain seems pretty awesome on paper, the reality is apparently very different.
Bratton showed two videos of New Yorkers on K2 (aka. Spice). In the first one, a man crouches down on all fours naked, while howling in front of a van. The second showed another man smashing through a wooden fence.
As reported by NY Daily News, Bratton said:
These individuals, many of them under the influence of this drug, are totally crazy.
He added that K2, which he referred to as “weaponised marijuana”, looks like ordinary weed but doesn’t contain any of the plant and is actually laced with chemicals that makes it very dangerous to individuals and passers-by.
Bratton also emphasised how tough it would be for police to apprehend people under the influence of K2, pointing specifically to the videotape of the naked man, explaining, “And the idea of trying to wrestle with a naked person makes it even more difficult.”
However, in another twist to the story, it later emerged that the naked man tearing through the fence was not high on K2 at all.
According to Gothamist, the man in the clip had reportedly taken PCP before the footage was shot in Des Moines, Iowa in 2002. And it aired 12 years ago on the reality TV show COPS! Oops.
After uncovering this information, an NYPD spokesperson told Gothamist that the video “was only shown to depict the type of behavior sometimes associated with ‘excited delirium syndrome,’ and that it was never, ever said that it was K2 that the people were on.” Hmmm…
Nevertheless, synthetic pot has caused a recent increase in emergency room visits, so you can understand the NYPD’s concern here.
Apparently, despite it being against New York State’s health code to sell K2, some bodegas still offer the drug from behind the counter for around $5 a bag, marketing it as incense.
This summer, the NYPD has already confiscated 10,900 bags of the drug. So, whether it actually causes people to break through fences or not, it’s probably still best to avoid this one!