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Man rolling cigar with synthetic pot charged with child endangerment

A 19-year-old Niagara Falls man faces child endangerment charges after a police officer reported finding him rolling a cigar with so-called synthetic marijuana while sitting inside a parked car with two children in the back seat.

Orlando M. McClain, of Cleveland Avenue, was arrested just before 6 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Rite Aid, on the 1700 block of Pine Avenue, according to a Niagara Falls police report.

McClain had a green, leafy substance on his knee and told the officer it was a substance known as Spice or K2, a "synthetic cannabinoid." This type of substance has chemicals related to those found in marijuana, though authorities say calling it "synthetic marijuana" is misleading. Synthetic cannabinoids are classified as "new psychoactive substances" by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and may cause psychotic effects, including extreme anxiety, confusion, paranoia and hallucinations.

McClain is not related to the children. An employee of the store told police McClain was taking the children to a person who was to provide child care, the report said.

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