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Made at home, fake marijuana poses huge risks

(WMC-TV) - Investigators are tracking a dangerous new trend spawned from the ban of synthetic marijuana. Now people are making their own at home, mixing herbs and chemicals in their kitchens and bathrooms, and in one case, a couple was accused of using the homemade herb to sexually assault teenage girls.

It's banned in at least a dozen states but now synthetic marijuana, or K-2 as it's frequently called, has gone underground.

Legal or not, people are MAKING it at home with ingredients that are cheap and easy to find and sharing their recipes in online videos.

Christina and Billie Spaid, of Macon, MO, were arrested and charged with sexually assaulting four teenage girls after one of the victims told police the couple gave her homemade fake marijuana which rendered her helpless during a sexual attack.

"She was unable to tell the male suspect to leave her alone," said Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger. "She was unable to move her body to be able to defend herself or to keep him off of her."

"Nobody wants to hear that their daughter's been raped," said Dr. Ann Payne Johnson, of Baptist Memorial Medical Group.

Johnson has seen patients on K-2 experience memory loss and loss of consciousness.

She says there no way to know what affects the homemade stuff may have.

"It's not necessarily routine drug users," she said. "These are kids that are just experimenting with these things, you know, one or two times and bad things are happening to them."

"He smoked it. He was having delusions, paranoia," said Mike Rozga, whose son had just graduated high school when he tried K-2 for the first time.

That night 18-year-old David Rozga took his own life.

"If David had known what we know now, he would be here today," his father said.

Doctors and police hope parents haven't become complacent now that K-2 is against the law, because the fake weed being created at home is unchartered territory.

"If you don't know something is out there, how can you talk to your kids about it," asked Dan Rozga's mother Jan. "We had no clue."

Sexual assault charges against the couple in Missouri were later dropped because the alleged victim could not testify against them.

The couple still faces state charges on a number of allegations.

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