Father: Synthetic marijuana destroying family

11:46 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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"He could have killed himself or someone else."

Chuck Smith is at the end of his rope. He's so upset, his hands shake as he shows 10 News pictures from Saturday. His 19-year-old son slammed his car into a telephone pole at 4 a.m. Saturday, and he says it's all because of the synthetic marijuana called Spice.

"I found a lot more in the car than what you see here," said Smith. "I filled a Taco Bell bag full of these Spice packets."

Smith's son admits to smoking the synthetic drug, and it brings his father to tears. "I tried talking to him. Told him how bad it was for him, what it's doing to his brain. That it's tearing apart the family.  How it's worse than anything. How it hurts everyone around him more than anyone can imagine," said Smith.

Smith feels desperation. He feels helpless.

Spice is already illegal in Florida. We got this from The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office: "Per County ordinance, the sale of synthetic marijuana is prohibited. HCSO continues to investigate the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of synthetic spices."

But as far as Smith is concerned, he wants something done now, before it destroys any more families.

"How many people have to die before they do something?"

Follow 10 News Reporter Charles Billi on twitter @Charles Billi

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