Some states, including Texas, have passed laws that make synthetic marijuana illegal. If you’re charged with possessing or distributing synthetic marijuana, your criminal attorney can help you understand the potential penalties involved. Texas and other states have illegalized this drug because it is widely considered to be a significant risk to public health. Popularly called “Spice,” “K2,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” this dangerous drug is not subject to safety testing. That means that manufacturers can add a whole slew of dangerous chemicals to the compound.
Synthetic marijuana has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including rapid heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting. Users have been known to experience severe anxiety and agitation, and to suffer from hallucinations and other psychotic episodes. Seizures, tremors, and muscle spasms, in addition to suicidal thoughts or actions are also associated with the use of synthetic marijuana.
The penalties for possession of synthetic marijuana are the same as those for possession of marijuana. If you are found with less than two ounces, it’s a class B misdemeanor, and you may face up to 6 months in jail and a $2,000 fine. If you have between two to four ounces in your possession, it’s classified as a class A misdemeanor, and you will face up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
The more you have in your possession, the more serious the charges and penalties are. If you have four ounces to five pounds of synthetic marijuana, it’s a felony that carries a possible maximum sentence of two years in jail and a $10,000 fine. If you are found with between five and 50 pounds, it’s a third degree felony. If convicted, you may face up to ten years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Possession of between 50 and 2,000 lbs. is a second degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
Keep in mind synthetic marijuana is usually sold in higher quantities than marijuana. So, buying just one package of synthetic marijuana could put you in serious legal trouble. Because the laws prohibiting synthetic marijuana were established in the last five years, some people may not even realize the synthetic marijuana they have in their possession is illegal. But, telling a police officer you didn’t know it was illegal will not be a good defense, so don’t rely on this if you are found with synthetic marijuana in your possession.
If you have been charged with possession of synthetic marijuana, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. After you contact the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass to arrange for representation for a drug charge, our team of professional investigators will promptly begin investigating your case to determine the most effective defense strategy. Our team will work tirelessly to defend your rights and fight for the best possible outcome. Local residents can contact our criminal law firm at (972) 954-4441 for a meeting with a criminal defense lawyer.