Synthetic Marijuana Causes The Death Of A 13-Year-Old Boy

We’ve been debating lately about synthetic marijuana such as “K2″ and “Spice” carrying a WWE Wellness Policy suspension rather than a fine, as does the real thing. That question may have just been answered with the following story that originally hit the wires late last month:

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania eighth-grader who became ill after smoking synthetic marijuana and had a double lung transplant has died.

Tonya Rice tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) that her 13-year-old son, Brandon, died Thursday morning at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC.

The boy smoked the fake marijuana out of a plastic PEZ candy dispenser. The chemicals in the drugs caused extensive damage to his lungs. Brandon was put on a respirator in June and had a double lung transplant in September.

The boy’s mother says anti-rejection drugs he’d taken since the transplants weakened his immune system and made him unable to fight a recent infection.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a law outlawing such substances in Pennsylvania a few days after the boy smoked the substances. The ban took effect in August.

I am able confirm that Evan Bourne, Heath Slater and Darren Young were all suspended for testing positive for using synthetic cannabinoids.

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