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Trial Opens In Case Of Synthetic Marijuana, Death

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Jury selection has started in a civil lawsuit accusing a Detroit-area gas station of contributing to the suicide of a young man who used so-called synthetic marijuana.

Attorneys for John Sdao's family say the 20-year-old died in 2012 after using a product called Spice. It was sold by a Royal Oak gas station.

Trial began Monday in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac.

Spice is a mix of dried herbs and spices sprayed with chemicals. It has been blamed for health problems and violent behavior, especially among young people.

Michigan banned synthetic marijuana in 2012, a few months after Sdao's death.

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