Spice drug or simply, "Spice", refers to a number of different herbal mixture products that are supposed to produce effects similar to marijuana when smoked or ingested. They are often marketed as "safe" alternatives to marijuana; they are popular in states where marijuana hasn’t been legalized for recreational or medicinal purposes. The product usually consists of dried leaves (or substances that look like leaves) which are sprayed or treated with chemical constituents.
Spice is also called by many other names, including:
- Synthetic marijuana or synthetic cannabis
- Fake weed
- Yucatan Fire
- Moon Rocks
- Incense or Potpourri
The chemicals used in Spice and other synthetic drug products can be very addictive and also very harmful. There is often no way for the consumer to know exactly what is in the product. As a result, Spice has been banned under federal laws and under many state laws as well.
What Are the Dangers of Spice Drug?
Spice drug has been associated with various negative side effects such as: vomiting, nausea, paranoia, anxiety, blood pressure problems, hallucination, and heart attacks. Heavy users of Spice often experience symptoms related to withdrawal and addiction.
As mentioned, one of the main problems with Spice is that the user doesn’t know exactly what chemicals are used and what’s going into the product. As a result, users can experience unpredictable effects and may end up being hospitalized or visiting a poison control center. Synthetic drugs are also linked to incidents involving suicides.
Are There Any Criminal Laws Involving Spice Drug?
Due to its low medical use and high danger for abuse and injury, Spice drugs and other synthetic drugs have been classified as controlled substances under federal laws. Some states allow possession of spice drug and other synthetic substances, but other states prohibit possession. Possession of spice may lead to misdemeanor charges resulting in fines and/or jail time of up to 1 year.
Manufacturing, distributing, or selling Spice may result in more serious charges. These can involve felony consequences resulting in higher monetary fines and sentences of greater than one year. As mentioned, state laws may be different when it comes to Spice and other similar drugs. Various defenses may apply to Spice drug charges, depending on the facts of the case.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Spice Drug Laws?
Spice drugs are highly regulated due to their dangerous and oftentimes harmful nature. You may need to hire a criminal lawyer in your area if you need help with any type of drug charges or criminal law issues. Your attorney can provide you with legal assistance and research for your case or legal issue. Also, if you need to attend court for trial or other meetings, your lawyer can provide you with representation during the process as well.