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Longview missions see fallout of increasing synthetic marijuana use

Posted: Sunday, November 9, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 1:17 pm, Sun Nov 9, 2014. 

By Phil Latham platham@news-journal.com

Just before 10 a.m. on Election Day, a line formed outside of a small building in the 300 block of South Mobberly Avenue. 

A group of young men milled impatiently at the door, hands in pockets against the slight chill of the morning.

They were not waiting to vote. 

The building houses a business called Twisted Smoke, and the group had gathered for the opening of the store that sells, among other items, potpourri — also called synthetic marijuana. This is not your mother’s potpourri, but the variety that is smoked to achieve a legal, powerful — and some say dangerous — high.

The Rev. Jennene Laurinec, director of Newgate Mission, knows about the effects of potpourri firsthand. Twisted Smoke is almost directly across the street from Newgate, and she is seeing the fallout — literally. 

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