On March 23, 2012, the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, signed into law modifications to a bill pertaining to hallucinogens. Added to the list was synthetic marijuana (aka K2,” “Spice,” “Mr. Nice Guy” and “Relaxinol), making possession of this substance illegal.
The new list of hallucinogens now considered illegal is:
- Ethcathinone (aka ETH-CAT);
- Benzylpiperazine (aka BZP, A2, Legal E, Legal X);
- Methyltryptamine (aka αMT, AMT, Indopan); and
- similar substances.
These and other synthetic stimulants are now included in the Florida Comprehensive Abuse Prevention and Control Act.
You could be facing a charge of felony in the second degree, felony in the first degree or first-degree misdemeanor if you are found to be in possession or with the intent to sell. This means the potential to serve jail time, up to five years and fines as high as $5,000.
Penalties may be less severe however, if an individual is found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana weighing three grams or less. In any event, this is a serious situation that will require legal help if you have been arrested.
Contacting a Criminal Defense Attorney
If you were found in possession of synthetic marijuana or any other type of drug, you could be facing severe penalties. However, there may be defenses that can be used to fight your charges.
To learn how you can protect your rights and strategize a good defense, contact experienced criminal defense attorneys at Falk & Ross Law Firm. We may be able to help reduce or dismiss your charges. Call us today for a free consultation – 877-663-5110 or 305-741-6997.