Synthetic Marijuana In Ocean County and Monmouth County New Jersey

Synthetic Marijuana Attempts to Capture the Effects of Real Marijuana or Cannabis

Synthetic marijuana is a relatively new product that attempts to capture the effects of cannabis. It is a psychoactive herbal and chemical product that has gained immediate popularity since its introduction in 2002. Although it was first thought to contain a mixture of just legal herbs, laboratory studies have since shown that synthetic marijuana in fact contains synthetic cannabinoids. In order to avoid illegal status, many manufacturers use a large variety of synthetic cannabinoids in the creation of synthetic marijuana. The most common synthetic cannabinoids used are cannabicyclohexanol, JWH-018, JWH-073, and HU-210. This makes synthetic marijuana a type of designer drug. It is best known by its most popular brand names – Spice, K2, and Blaze. Like actual marijuana, synthetic marijuana is most often smoked. Its metabolites can be found through a urine test and seem to bind more permanently to receptors in the body and remain longer in major organs like the brain.

Synthetic marijuana mimics the look and feel of real marijuana, with colors varying from green, brown, yellow and red. It is often sold in small foil or plastic zip bags. As of yet, there have been no official studies on the effects of synthetic marijuana on its users, but it has been linked with many negative effects not associated with typical marijuana users, such as agitation, vomiting, heart palpitations, seizures, and psychosis. Individual users and reviewers have claimed that synthetic marijuana produces a high similar to real marijuana, except that the effects do not last as long. The chemist responsible for the development of one of the first synthetic cannabinoid JWH-018, has stated publicly that it was not meant for human consumption and “could very well have toxic effects. They absolutely should not be used as recreational drugs.” In extreme cases, synthetic marijuana has led to heart attack-like symptoms in otherwise healthy teens, as well as death after a single use.

Some of the compounds found in synthetic marijuana have been scheduled under federal law (schedule 1), while others are only temporarily scheduled or not listed at all. It seems that as quickly as certain synthetic cannabinoids are banned, new ones emerge and are sold legally online and at liquor stores, gas stations, and convenience stores. In New Jersey, the Attorney General issued a statewide ban of all variations of synthetic marijuana as of late February 2012 through an emergency order that stands in effect for 270 days even without an act of the legislature. This ban gave sellers 10 days to surrender any products still on their shelves. The ban came into affect after reports of surging heart rates, seizures, paranoid delusions, and suicidal thoughts became widespread throughout the state. All synthetic marijuana variations are therefore considered a schedule 1 drug at this time. A public hearing will be held May 10, 2012 to allow interested parties a chance to provide testimonies concerning the state’s intention to permanently place all synthetic cannabinoids in the category of schedule 1 drugs. As a schedule 1 substance, the possession, distribution, manufacturer, or dispensing of synthetic marijuana in a quantity of one ounce or more, including any adulterants or dilutants is considered a crime of the second degree. Synthetic marijuana in a quantity less than one ounce is a crime of third degree except that a fine of up to $75,000 may also be imposed.

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If you have been charged with possession of synthetic marijuana you need to call an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. Partner, Carmine R. Villani, Esq. has a wealth of experience in New Jersey criminal defense having served as municipal prosecutor and municipal public defender in numerous municipalities in Ocean County and Monmouth County throughout his 20+ year legal career. Contact the experienced NJ criminal defense attorneys of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. for a free initial consultation. Call 732-965-3350 today!

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