By: Bethany Winkel
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New Ruling Will Make it more Difficult to Convict Synthetic Drug Dealers
The Supreme Court ruled this past week that those who are accused of selling synthetic drugs cannot be convicted unless it can be proven that they knew the substance was prohibited. Opponents of the ruling say that it will make it much more difficult for prosecutors to convict those selling these types of drug, which are becoming more and more common.
Drugs like “bath salts,” “spice,” and “k2” are increasing in popularity. The synthetic drugs mimic other drugs like marijuana or meth. In some cases, the drugs are even legal, as the legal system and FDA haven’t had a chance to review the substances or ban them yet. Synthetic drugs are constantly changing and being modified, sometimes in order to remain one step ahead of the government and to keep them legal.
Even though the drugs are new and are not chemically identical to well-known drugs, they are still dangerous. In some cases the drugs are even more dangerous than their counterparts, and cause serious side effects.
Learn more about the ruling in the news story here.