Bad Spice, Synthetic Marijuana, Puts Nine in Gainesville Hospitals

Nine people were hospitalized in Alachua County over the holiday weekend after ingesting what officials say was likely a ‘bad batch’ of synthetic marijuana.

Hospitals in Gainesville said they starting getting cases of synthetic pot poisoning, also known as Spice, on Sunday and continuing into Monday. Patients ranged from their late teens to about 70.

All are expected to recover. Officials say the effects of synthetic pot normally produces agitation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, extreme nervousness, a racing heartbeat, hallucinations, and dilated pupils.

The outbreak seems to be relegated to some homeless people but officials don’t know where they got the bad drug.