SARASOTA -- Three more people have fallen ill in Sarasota after smoking a synthetic marijuana known as "spice," according to Sarasota police.
About 10 a.m. Friday, two people collapsed in the 400 Lemon Avenue and one person collapsed in the 500 block of Kumquat Court, "after having an adverse reaction to the chemicals in the 'spice,'" police said in a news srelease.
Police said that earlier this week four other people collapsed at Five Points Park after smoking "spice."
Police Chief Bernadette DiPino addressed the media earlier this week about the problem with "spice."
"We are going to try to determine who actually sold it, how it was made, who made it and bring those individuals to justice also," DiPino said.
She added officers will begin buying spice.
"If we find that the substance that they're selling is illegal, we will prosecute to the fullest extent that we can," DiPino said.
"Spice" refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana, according to information from the National Institutes of Health provided by police.
Spice is sold under many names, including "K2," "fake weed," "Yucatan Fire," "Skunk," "Moon Rocks," and others and labeled "not for human consumption."
"These products contain dried, shredded plant material and chemical additives that are responsible for their psychoactive (mind-altering) effects," police said.