Israeli police have reportedly accused a pizzeria owner in Holon of topping a pizza they ordered with synthetic marijuana instead of oregano.
Two Tel Aviv District police officers experienced hallucinations, vomiting and dizziness after eating the pizza, and were hospitalized, The Times of Israel reports.
Police reportedly visited the restaurant several days later and questioned the owner, who is said to have admitted sprinkling the synthetic marijuana — known by the name “Mr. Nice Guy” — onto the pizza.
“I knew the order was placed by police officers,” the owner told police, according to The Times of Israel. “But the officer who called in the order seemed cool — plus he told me to add whatever toppings I wanted.
“So instead of oregano, I sprinkled some Mr. Nice Guy,” he added.
Police have reportedly said they plan to shut down the pizzeria, citing public health concerns.
The pizza leftovers were sent to a lab for further testing, but authorities are still awaiting results, according to The Times of Israel.
"Mr. Nice Guy" and another synthetic drugs meant to mimic the effects of marijuana were banned in Israel in 2011.
Last year, Israeli authorities declared that 10 ingredients used to make the synthetic drugs were illegal, Haaretz reported.
Mickey Arieli, director of the Health Ministry’s pharmaceutical-crime unit, said at the time that the synthetic drugs were often more dangerous than the drugs they were meant to mimic.
“Synthetic cannabinoids, for example, consist of the same receptors as THC in marijuana, but are 40 times more powerful and at times even more than 40 times stronger,” he told Haaretz. THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana.
“We receive reports from hospitals and psychiatric hospitals about young people who arrive in total psychotic condition and of incidents involving extreme violence,” Arieli added. “Some of them were normative children. Some of the doctors tell us that these are the worst cases they’ve ever encountered and don’t know how to deal with them.”
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