Synthetic Drug Crimes in Orange County, CA
What the Law Says About "Designer Drug" Use
Federal and state governments have been attempting to ban synthetic controlled
substances since 2008 when the issue was first beginning to come to light.
Many states have implemented bans on synthetic controlled substances such
as synthetic marijuana because they have seen these "designer drugs"
as a threat, as much of a threat as their organic counterparts.
Many of these substances were readily available in retail stores, but have
since been banned. Some have even been included in the drug schedule.
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Types of Synthetic Drugs
Synthetic cannabis is often referred to as "K2," "spice"
or "plant food." According to the California Health and Safety
Code § 11357.5, synthetic cannabis is illegal for
possession, sale, use, manufacturing and distribution, just like regularly cultivated
cannabis. The statute further explains that anyone who is convicted of
an offense related to synthetic marijuana would be guilty of a misdemeanor
– which is punishable by a maximum of six months in county jail
and a $1,000 fine.
The designer drug, "bath salts," has also gained the attention
of the public when a Florida man allegedly on this type of designer drug
attacked and ate off the face of a homeless man. Bath salts are a synthetic
cathinone and give off side effects very similar to those of cocaine or
methamphetamines. Bath salts have been banned in 41 states and legislation
is currently pending in remaining states.
Attempts to Ban Synthetic Drugs
In 2011, the House of Representatives proposed the Synthetic Drug Control
Act which would, among other things, place a ban on all known types of
synthetic and designer drugs. It passed the House, but did not pass the
Senate. The Senate then proposed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act
of 2012 for the purpose of amending the current U.S. Controlled Substances
Act to classify synthetic drugs as Schedule I substances. The act includes
synthetic cannabis, amphetamines and related derivatives.
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laws concerning synthetic substances, are constantly changing. Our firm
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