On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes and Marijuana on Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Our St. Louis readers may know that drug cases involving simple possession or the sale of a small amount of a substance are usually handled at the state level. But sometimes, larger-scale drug offenses that allegedly implicate a number of individuals fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. government.
This was recently the case in Missouri when 21 people were indicted by a federal grand jury for the sale of synthetic marijuana. Each of the individuals either owned or worked for one of 13 retail business that sold the substance to consumers in the state
Synthetic marijuana, sometimes called “K2,” contains chemical properties similar to THC, the active ingredient in the marijuana plant. The substance was labeled as incense and sold in some retail stores. Although K2 is not meant for human consumption, buyers used the substance as they would natural marijuana for its psychoactive effects. However, K2 is known to cause dangerous side effects, such as seizures and convulsions.
The grand jury indictment followed an investigation into synthetic marijuana by state and federal authorities. Because of its dangerous properties, K2 has been made illegal by a number of states, including Missouri. Anyone caught possessing or distributing the substance can face serious penalties, including a prison sentence and significant fines.
For anyone accused of a federal offense, including a drug charge, it is important to have the advocacy of an attorney experienced in criminal defense at the federal level. Federal courts operate differently than state courts, so attorneys who represent clients accused of federal offenses must know the correct procedural rules. A skilled lawyer will be able to defend their client’s interests as well as ensure their constitutional rights are upheld by the federal criminal justice system.
Source: Fox 2 Now, “21 Face Federal Charges For Synthetic Marijuana Sales,” Dec. 17, 2012