Synthetic Marijuana and California DUI

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Synthetic Marijuana and California DUI

Talk to any emergency room physician, and they’ll have stories about young men coming into their hospital acting extremely violent and confused. While many of these individuals had positive drug tests, the degree of confusion and violence demonstrated was much greater than ER doctors would have anticipated.

After these patients were sedated for a few days, they began telling stories about what led them to the hospital, and these stories all had a similar thread: they all used synthetic marijuana. Despite the similar name, this new designer drug is different from the marijuana that we’re all familiar with.

Hospitals across the nation have seen a spike in patients suffering from adverse side effects from synthetic marijuana. In April, 160 people visited New York hospitals in a little over a week due to synthetic pot, and Alabama public health officials said that nearly 100 people were hospitalized due to synthetic marijuana between March and April, according to U.S. News & World Report.

It Goes By Many Street Names, Including ‘Spice’ and ‘K2’

Synthetic marijuana is known by a dozen or so street names, including “Spice” and “K2.” It can be purchased for as little as $5, and unlike drugs such as cocaine or heroin, it’s not made out of just one chemical.

It can be made from as many as 100 different chemicals, mostly made in China and Pacific Rim countries and sprayed onto dried, shredded plant materials. All of the synthetic chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana are illegal to possess, use and sell in the United States.

The attraction to Spice or K2 is that it’s cheap, widely available and produces an intense high. But the fact that it’s not real marijuana is what makes unsuspecting users, many of whom are young, wrongfully believe that the drug is safe.

Spice users report the following adverse effects:

  • Extreme anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Kidney failure

Since there’s no antidote to synthetic marijuana, doctors can only treat the complications and hope the patient eventually makes it through their acute confused state without causing too much harm to themselves or others.

Can I get a DUI for synthetic marijuana?

Synthetic marijuana is criminalized under state and federal laws. Since synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants are criminalized under the federal Controlled Substances Act, an individual can be found guilty of driving under the influence of Spice. So, the message that we’d like to leave about “K2” or “Spice” is that it can lead to incarceration, a DUI, or even death.

Arrested for a drug-related DUI? Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.for a free case evaluation with an Orange County DUI attorney!

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