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Synthetic marijuana officially banned in New Jersey

Synthetic drugs seem to be garnering much attention in the press as of late. Substances like bath salt and synthetic marijuana can be appealing to curious teens, particularly because at one time substances of this nature were legally sold in New Jersey. In fact, synthetic marijuana was the third most-commonly used substance among high school seniors in 2011, according to a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

However, in New Jersey, a temporary ban was placed on synthetic marijuana in Feb. of this year. The drug, which is more commonly known as "K2" or "Spice," was officially banned on Monday. Where it was once legal to sell synthetic marijuana, crimes involving the substance now carry serious penalties.

This substance is now legally classified in the same category as cocaine and heroin. This means that the consequences for drug charges relating to this once-legally sold substance could include extremely steep fines and time behind bars. According to the New Jersey Attorney General, charges relating to the possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of this substance could result in conviction of a third-degree crime for the charged individual.

According to the 2011 survey of high school seniors, it appears that a significant number of individuals that are using this substance are teens. It can be confusing that a substance that was at one time legally sold can now result in serious consequences for possession and other offenses relating to the now banned substance.

The brains of teens are still developing, which can in some instances mean they make poor choices. Combine that with their often inquisitive nature, and even the best of kids can make bad decisions. It is important to defend against these charges to ensure that a bright future is not dimmed by a moment of indiscretion.

Source: Montclair Patch, "Synthetic Pot Banned in New Jersey," Ariana Cohn-Sheehan, Nov. 28, 2012

  • Our firm has experience handling cases relating to drug charges. For more information, please visit our New Jersey drug possession page.

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