Molly Is Not The Girl Next Door: It Is The New Miami Party Drug Next Door

In 2012 Madonna asked a group of young music lovers, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” during her performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. The comment sparked controversy because of its reference to a popular party drug MDMA also known by its slang-term, “Molly”.

What is Molly?

According to the Drug Enforcement Authority  (DEA) “Molly” is short for “molecular”. The drug is a high purity MDMA which is often seen in the drug Ecstasy. MDMA acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic producing an energizing effect.The difference between a molly pill and an ecstasy pill is that a “molly” is thought of to be pure MDMA while ecstasy has a reputation for being laced with drugs such as methamphetamines and caffeine. A Molly pill is considered a Schedule I drug in Florida which means that it has no current accepted medical use in the United States, that there is a lack of safe use of the drug under medical supervision and that there is a high potential for abuse. Other examples of drugs in this category are marijuana, heroin and ecstasy.

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Increased presence of Molly in Miami & Across the U.S.

According to the Miami Herald ­Miami police reports show Molly was confiscated and submitted for testing 207 times in 2011. Of those tests, 190 substances contained MDMA. By 2012, the police confiscations were up to 337, a 63 percent increase. Testing showed 278 samples contained methylone (bath salts) and 59 contained MDMA. A recent New York Times Article explained that people who like Molly say that it is a more socially acceptable drug than cocaine because it is not physically addictive. The drug is also popular on the Electronic Dance Music Scene and has been referenced in popular pop-music and hip-hop songs. Experts have stated that Molly is becoming a popular party drug with reports of MDMA-related emergency room visits having doubled since 2004.

The New York Times also reported that there were there were 2,670 confiscations of MDMA in 2012, up from 186 in 2008 according to reports from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance in Florida

In Florida, it is against the law to possess a controlled substance such as a Molly without a valid prescription. The law also prohibits the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance with the intent to sell it. A convicted person could face imprisonment, large fines, and a permanent criminal record.  If an individual is charged with possessing or selling a controlled substance they should seek legal counsel with a defense attorney. An attorney can help the individual evaluate the charges they are facing and develop a defense.  At the Falk & Ross Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of residents accused of committing criminal offenses. To learn how we can help, and to receive a complimentary consultation on your Miami or other Florida case, call a drug defense attorney at 877-663-5110 today.

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