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Lawmakers Looking to Ban Synthetic Marijuana in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is fairly lenient state it comes to marijuana. Though full legalization of marijuana has yet to come to our state, a 2008 law decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, and a 2012 initiative eliminated penalties for medical use and possession of a 60-day supply of marijuana for individuals with state-issued cards.

Our state isn’t so flexible when it comes to synthetic marijuana, however. Massachusetts might soon be among the states that have banned synthetic marijuana.

Will Massachusetts Ban Synthetic Marijuana?

Worcester | Synthetic MarijuanaSynthetic marijuana comes in several forms and goes by many names, including “Spice,” “Mojo,” and “K2.” Marketed as supplements or incense and sold in gas stations, smoke shops, and regular convenience stores, synthetic marijuana is a very harmful substance made from herbs combined with chemicals. The faux-drug mimics the effects of the active drug in marijuana, THC.

Users of synthetic marijuana have experienced a range of health effects, from vomiting, hallucinations, seizures, strokes, and mental confusion all the way to death.

Producers of synthetic marijuana have found ways around current laws to continue making and distributing the drugs; each time a new component of the drug is banned, they simply turn to another compound.

Details Behind the Proposed Synthetic Marijuana Ban

Senator Michael Moore, a Democrat out of Millbury, is co-sponsor of the amendment to ban synthetic marijuana sales in Massachusetts. As he explains, the initiative doesn’t target synthetic marijuana users — it just aims to get the dangerous products out of stores.

If passed, the amendment would designate synthetic marijuana as a Class C substance alongside other banned drugs like Mescaline and Peyote. People caught sellling synthetic marijuana products containing certain chemicals could face 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

This comes two years after Massachusetts banned “bath salts,” synthetic drugs that emulate the effects of cocaine. Massachusetts law enforcement note that rising rates of synthetic marijuana and synthetic drugs in genera merit more policy change.

Some municipalities, such as Quincy, North Attleboro, and Lynn, have even instated ordinances to ban synthetic marijuana. Other towns, like Newburyport, have asked stores to voluntarily stop selling the substances. Nationwide, states are paying more attention to synthetic marijuana and synthetic drugs, and the federal government has started cracking down on their production and distribution, too.

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It remains to be seen whether synthetic marijuana will be less widely available in Massachusetts. Currently, the ban awaits approval by the Massachusetts House and Governor Deval Patrick.

Even if the ban is enacted, synthetic marijuana distributors will likely go underground and sell their products illegally. To ensure that friends, family, or employees aren’t using potentially fatal synthetic marijuana, you can rely on synthetic drug testing at ARCpoint Labs of Worcester.

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