Dakota Dyer was a good student, a starting defensive end on his Bremen, Ga., football team, and had no history of mental illness or drug abuse, his father says. But in March 2012, Dakota, 14, was repeatedly asked on Facebook to try a “new legal weed,’’ says his father, Lance Dyer. Dakota finally tried the synthetic marijuana, which medical experts say can lead to paranoia or hallucinations. He then committed suicide.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials say a synthetic drug linked to several hospitalizations in coastal Georgia has been declared as a controlled substance. Agency spokeswoman Sherry Lang says officials had a strain of synthetic marijuana named "Crazy Clown" tested at its crime lab in Savannah and found a new synthetic cannabinoid.
Georgia is cracking down on new forms of synthetic marijuana. At the request of Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy has adopted an emergency rule classifying newly discovered compounds of synthetic marijuana as controlled substances.