Did Mr. Nice Guy's Relaxinol Synthetic Pot Kill Aaron Stinson?

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Last September, 26-year-old Aaron Stinson sat around a friend's apartment in upstate New York drinking some beer and smoking Relaxinol, a brand of so-called "herbal incense." Manufacturers would usually stamp warning labels on these products to indicate that they were "not for human consumption," but users knew that smoking them resulted in a high because they were soaked with synthetic cannabinoids -- man-made chemicals designed to mimic the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana.


Stinson, with a head of red hair, texted back and forth with his cousin and went off to bed at around 1 a.m.

The next morning, friends found Stinson's cold, pale corpse. The first autopsy only turned up caffeine and a small amount of alcohol -- 0.06 percent, not even enough to be legally intoxicated under New York law. Then investigators learned that Stinson had been smoking Relaxinol. The next round of toxicology tests showed two synthetic cannabinoids in his blood: JWH-122 and JWH-210.

Listed as the cause of death on Stinson's autopsy report: acute intoxication due to the combined effects of ethanol and Relaxinol.

Until recently, Relaxinol was created legally in warehouses across Palm Beach and sold under the brand name Mr. Nice Guy. Then the feds cracked down on the grey market substances and stormed Mr. Nice Guy's production site, arresting the company's proprietors.

Court records suggest that Relaxinol was a particularly potent flavor: A Mr. Nice Guy distributor was recorded telling an informant that Relaxinol was son strong it will cause hallucinations.

On Monday, September 24, John Shealy and Dylan Harrison - the founders of Mr. Nice Guy - were scheduled to be arraigned in federal court on charges of unlawful distribution of controlled substance analogs, creating a substance with risk of harm to human life while manufacturing a controlled substance analog, and misbranding drugs with intent to defraud and mislead. 

"I think it's so appropriate and so ironic that they [were] arraigned two days before the one-year anniversary of my son dying from their product," says Deirdre Canaday, Stinson's mother.

Shealy and Harrison, however, were able to delay arraignment another month and are now slated to appear in federal court at the end of October. 

But Canaday, who wasn't been able to bring charges against Shealy and Harrison, says its ridiculous that the men weren't hit with tougher charges.

"I'd love to see them get charged with criminally negligent homicide," Canaday says. "They knew exactly what they were making the product for; they knew what the vendors were selling it to kids for; and they knew it was a toxic substance."



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kratomk
kratomk

"I'd love to see them get charged with criminally negligent homicide," Canaday says. "They knew exactly what they were making the product for; they knew what the vendors were selling it to kids for; and they knew it was a toxic substance."

 

They also knew that it wasn't for human consumption. Gasoline will kill you if you drink it. Let's make fuel illegal.

kratomk
kratomk

I can't believe they are going after Kratom now. They even have a drug test for it. Kratom should be sold in health stores like Valerian root. What's next? Assays for aspirin, coffee and tea? Kratom is NOT illegal, nor is it dangerous, does NOT cause delirium, is not any more addictive than coffee, and is NOT abused, Many, many people use this as an alternative pain reliever and it has been a blessing. I was on Fentanyl, morphine, methadone, oxycontin, norco, lortab, vicoden, and a host of other pain meds for my disability and extreme pain and THOSE PHARMACEUTICALS are the worst ever. The side effects were HORRIBLE. Luckily, I got off all those ON MY OWN with just 1 tsp of kratom extract a day. Now I am 42, have a ton of energy, my pain is controlled, and I feel better than I have since I was 18. THIS is truth. YOUR "self published" news article is nothing but scare mongering to make yourselves more money. I want to be sure EVERYONE who reads it knows the truth. http://www.Kratom-k.com

ChazStevensGenius
ChazStevensGenius

Come on now.

This is like blaming a cow for producing milk or the manfacturers of a spoon for the size of Rosie O'Donnell's belly due to her sucking down gallons of Ben and Jerry ice cream.

Do you really think anything good can come from smoking shit bought from a 7-11?

Sorry Mom about your son. That sucks. But the blame rest squarely with your boy Carrot Top.

chris_sweeney
chris_sweeney

 @kratomk This news article has nothing to do with kratom. It has to do with two synthetic cannabinoids, JWH-122 and JWH-210.

deefirefighter
deefirefighter

 @ChazStevensGenius Chaz,  Your comparisons aren't even close to applicable to this situation:

These purveyors of poison have created products that advertise great results - and  supposedly "legally - & naturally," which is entirely enticing to young people who don't want to get involved with illicit street drugs. But their claims couldn't be farther from the truth, selling chemical cocktails randomly sprayed on any plant of their choosing - the chemical properties of the plants themselves unknown to these basement chemists, then packaging it all in sourced out, cartoonish wrappers designed to captivate the curiosity of young people, making their product appear as if manufactured "professionally," is akin to taking rat poison  & packaging it in a candy bar wrapper and marketing it as the "new wave of healthy candy."  If my son Aaron was guilty of anything, it was being naive and falling for the marketing ploy of these greedy money grubbing so called "entrepreneurs" such as the two "men" that created  "Mr. Nice Guy." The Synthetic Drug trade has become a multi-billion dollar industry built upon the death and destruction of the youth & families of our nation. It has become a world-wide epidemic to the point that the European Union held a summit this past March to unite countries in problem solving this current scourge taking down our youth. If you'd like to REALLY educate yourself on this issue before posting a comment , go to : WWW.2THEMAX.COM. There you will find hundreds of links &  reliable,  authentic, certified information on The Synthetic Drug phenomena. 

Aaron was my only son - I lost 2 pregnancies & prayed & cried for 7 yrs before he was finally born. His name means "bright light," and he brought light, laughter & love where ever he went - just ask all his friends & family that are missing him now. I pray that his death not go in vain, and that his story will shed light on a very dark industry that is thriving on the naivety of our youth.

kratomk
kratomk

 @chris_sweeney "I'd love to see them get charged with criminally negligent homicide," Canaday says. "They knew exactly what they were making the product for; they knew what the vendors were selling it to kids for; and they knew it was a toxic substance."

deefirefighter
deefirefighter

 @ChazStevensGenius  That website is : WWW.2THEMAX.ORG,  a NOT FOR PROFIT foundation created to educate & save lives through education concerning Synthetic drugs

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