EDUCATION

Tainted synthetic marijuana sickens users in Connecticut

FILE - This Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows a medical marijuana plant at a dispensary in Seattle. Increased use of medical marijuana may lead to more young children getting sick from accidentally eating food made with the drug, a Colorado study suggests. The study was released Monday, May 27, 2013 in JAMA Pediatrics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

FILE - This Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows a medical marijuana plant at a dispensary in Seattle. Increased use of medical marijuana may lead to more young children getting sick from accidentally eating food made with the drug, a Colorado study suggests. The study was released Monday, May 27, 2013 in JAMA Pediatrics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Connecticut police say they are investigating a batch of tainted synthetic marijuana that has sent about a dozen people to the hospital.

Cpl. Stanley Parizo Jr. with the Willimantic Police Department says they began receiving calls at about 8 a.m. Monday of people exhibiting psychotic behavior after smoking the drug.

He says about a dozen have been sent to Windham Hospital as of Tuesday morning with extremely high blood pressure and temperatures of up to 106 degrees.

He says police suspect the drug may have been laced with the hallucinogenic PCP and have sent samples to be tested.

He says they are trying to track down the source of the marijuana.