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According to Kellen Winslow’s publicist, Denise White, the tight end thought synthetic marijuana was legal.
Winslow was arrested for possession of the substance in East Hanover, New Jersey in late November. The product is also ironically known as “K2,” which is Winslow’s nickname.
The substance is legal in some places – in fact, one of it’s nicknames is “legal bud.”
But Mr. Winslow picked the wrong state to possess the substance.
On March 18, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, signed a bill banning the possession, manufacture and sale of synthetic marijuana.
One reason this product is legal in so many places is that the chemists, who manufacture the product, continually change the ingredients.
So you can make an argument that if you change the ingredients in a product, it’s no longer the same product.
But not in New Jersey – all configurations of the synthetic pot are illegal.
“Synthetic marijuana is ubiquitous and poses dangerous side effects,” said state Sen. Christopher Bateman of Somerset, a sponsor of the bill. “Fake pot can cause violent seizures, elevated heart rates and death.”
Here are some of the other potential side effects
- Severe agitation and anxiety.
- Higher blood pressure.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Muscle spasms and tremors.
- Intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes.
- Suicidal and other harmful thoughts and/or actions.
It’s basically herbs sprayed with different chemicals.
Get this, one of the chemicals sometimes used, JWH-18, is used in fertilizers.
Winslow claims to smoke the product to help him relax.
I’m sure you have all heard by now what the police report, which came out today on NJ.com, said about Winslow’s behavior, before he was arrested at the East Hanover Target.
“[A woman] pulled into a parking space to the right of [Winslow’s] Escalade and noticed a male sitting in the driver seat with the window open. As she exited her vehicle, she commented to the male how cold it was. As she stood near the open drive side window … she [saw that he was exposed below the waist]. She stated that she believed he was masturbating.”
Winslow’s publicist, Denise White, denied the allegations of the 58-year-old woman.
“Kellen pulled over to a parking lot to smoke what he thought at the time was a legal substance,” White said. “He changed his clothes in his vehicle as to not smell like smoke when he returned home. There was absolutely nothing inappropriate that took place and if there was police would have investigated further and charged Kellen which they did not. This will be the only time we will comment on this unfounded and ridiculous claim.”
Here is the deal – none of us were there – it’s a “he said, she said” situation, and Winslow has not been charged for public masturbation. The charges are all related to the possession of fake pot.
But you know what, smoking a substance that can really mess you up mentally, can certainly lead to bizarre behavior.
I don’t know what happened, but something bizarre was going on here.
In 2010, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), synthetic marijuana was responsible for 11,400 emergency room visits.
“I had a normal child on a Thursday and a not normal child on a Friday,” said Maryland’s Robin Smith about her son Kyle to Forbes. “My son came home from school, smoked K2, and took a loaded gun into the woods.”
Since then, Kyle was been institutionalized 17 times and has attempted suicide three times. He recently underwent electroshock therapy.
I’m not sure of what happened in that Target parking lot, but based on the history of synthetic pot, if he was acting strange that day, it should not come as a surprise.
January 17, 2014
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