Laced weed, or laced marijuana, is marijuana that has been adulterated (mixed) with other illicit or illegal drugs. Usually, is done by sprinkling, injecting, or coating the other drug onto the marijuana substances, which are then sold to other persons.
In most cases, the drug dealer will alert (or advertise) their marijuana product as being "laced," which can make it a more profitable sale for them. In other cases, the buyer might not be aware that they are buying laced weed. This can lead to injuries, hallucinations, and other reactions.
Marijuana is sometimes subject to more lenient drug laws and in many cases is legal to use. However, the sale or possession of laced marijuana can lead to more severe legal penalties. Lacing may be done for other types of drugs, usually to increase profitability of the illegal sales.
What Is Often Used in Lacing Marijuana?
Laced weed may contain any number of substances, including:
- PCP and other hallucinogens
- Crack, methamphetamines, and other stimulants
- Lead (to add weight; this can lead to serious injury for the user)
Some substances may be difficult to detect once they have been laced into or onto the marijuana. Other substances may be visibly detectable to purchasers and law enforcement.
What Are Some Legal Issues with Laced Weed?
Lacing marijuana can present a dangerous situation, regardless of whether the person knows what they are consuming. Some issues and concerns include:
- Failing a drug test (for illicit substances)
- Harming someone on accident (especially in cases where the lacing is a "prank")
- Getting caught for possession or distribution of a controlled substance besides marijuana
States may vary with regards to punishment for possession or distribution of the lacing agent. Some laced marijuana cases may be isolated instances, but some major drug crime operations involve the large-scale sale of specifically manufactured lacing substances.
Should I Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
Dealing with or handling laced marijuana can lead to serious criminal consequences, such as jail time, fees, and other results. Also, laced marijuana has been linked to serious injuries and can present major health risks for the parties involved. You may need to hire a criminal defense lawyer for help with any laced marijuana or laced drug issues. Your attorney can inform you of your rights and can also represent you during court hearings and other meetings.