Two Synthetic Drugs Recently Banned in Ohio
With the exception of Washington and Colorado, marijuana remains illegal across the United States. The illegality of cannabis has given rise to many new and dangerous synthetic drugs that claim to mimic the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary compound in marijuana. Sold as herbal incense in head shops in Ohio and other states, these synthetic substances more closely resemble the effects of amphetamines, but last longer.
In the first half of 2013, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was aware of the following two synthetic marijuana drugs that have recently (April 2014) been permanently banned in Ohio:
- PB-22 — Also known as QUPIC, and Spice, PB-22 was first reported in the United States in 2008. Originally, synthetic marijuana drugs were developed to investigate the cannabinoid system. Reported effects of PB-22 have included the inability to stand, foaming at the mouth, violence towards law enforcement and paramedics and memory loss.
- 5F-PB-22 — Like PB-22, 5F-PB-22 is a synthetic cannabinoid with a high potential for abuse, no known medical benefits and many adverse side effects. According to the USDOJ, medical examiner and postmortem toxicology reports have shown that 5F-PB-22 was involved in the death of at least five individuals.
The Ohio law banning these two drugs goes a step further and makes drugs with the same basic chemical structure as the PB-22 and 5F-PB-22 also illegal even if they haven’t been released yet.
If you or your loved one is arrested for possession, sale or manufacturing of any type of drug, contact an experienced criminal law attorney immediately.