Milwaukee County ME believes "fake weed" responsible for two deaths

NOW: Milwaukee County ME believes “fake weed“ responsible for two deaths

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner says he believes "fake weed" or synthetic cannabinoids, could be responsible for the death of a 23-year-old man and 32-year-old woman in the county.

The attorney general held a press conference today to say these drugs aren't safe, and they plan to go after anyone selling them and hold retailers responsible for any future deaths they cause.

Law enforcement is concerned that many of these fake weed products are sold in retail stores, which gives people the impression that they are legitimate.

They also appear to be designed in a way that markets them towards kids.

Attorney General Brad Schimel says the chemicals involved are often random and you don't know what you're getting.

"These are chemicals that are sprayed onto wood chips and other types of substances, and you have no idea what you are consuming," Schimel said. "Our message is don't take these things, and if you're a retailer, don't sell them. And if you're a parent, you owe it to your kids to check and make sure they don't have those."

The names of the deceased have not yet been released and police are not certain this was caused by synthetic pot. They are waiting on the results of toxicology reports.

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