Why is "Spice" causing such a problem in Norfolk and across Virginia? One cause could be the numerous college and armed forces personnel who live within the state. As we reported last month, the new drug, "Spice", also known as "K2," "Blaze," and "Red X Dawn" has been popular among young adults, teens and military members. However, the military has already issued a ban on the drug and many law enforcement agencies and local governments, such as that of Norfolk, are considering making the drug illegal.
Norfolk and Virginia State Police are not the only ones concerned about the synthetic marijuana. The United States Government is taking steps to outlaw the chemical blends that are being sold in smoke shops and convenience stores in Virginia and across the nation.
The drug is sold as herbal incense but if passed the new law would put the chemicals used to make the drug in the same category as heroin and cocaine. Officials are concerned about the effects of the drug, which include an extreme feeling of paranoia, elevated heart rate, seizure and heightened blood pressure. So far this year over 1,500 calls related to the drug have been made to the national poison control center.
Though the drug has not yet been made illegal, police are poised, ready to implement the new law and arrest those who produce, sell and buy the drug. If it is passed the national ban on Spice will take effect in 30 days and will last at least one year.
As criminal law attorneys we are watching this story very carefully. We will continue to track the progress of any ban or law that affects the people of Virginia and North Carolina.
If you believe that you have been arrested or ticketed illegally there is something you can do about it. With an experienced attorney on your side you can fight against the system that seems determined to throw away your rights. Do not hesitate. Contact Tavss Fletcher today.