Synthetic marijuana, once sold mostly online and in convenience stores, is now largely a street drug, according to PBS NewsHour. People who use the drug tend to be poor, urban and homeless, experts say.
“We originally felt that [synthetic marijuana] was being marketed for younger people, for teenagers,” said Lt. Andrew Struhar, Acting Lieutenant of the Narcotics Unit of the Washington D.C. Police. “But it has definitely drilled down to the street, and unfortunately a great deal to the homeless population.”
He noted, “The progression of the drug from when we started, being advertised in windows of gas stations and convenience stores to street sales, has definitely been a bad case scenario. Because street sales are much more difficult to find, to locate and prosecute.”