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New Spice Law Gets First Arrests

The synthetic drug law that went into effect June 1st got a couple of offenders right off the bat – a pair of marines out of Jacksonville, NC. The law made possession or purchase of “bath salts” and other products containing synthetic narcotics illegal.

Specifically covered are so-called “congeners” are chemicals related to either marijuana or cocaine, but not mentioned in the DEA controlled substances list. The purpose of selling these “legal highs” was to flout the laws against actual marijuana or cocaine. This may have made them popular with service members who are subject to drug testing. Now that the law is in effect, however, the products themselves are illegal.
The marines (out of Camp Lejeune) were arrested after a car accident – the driver faces a DWI and the passenger a possession charge. The accident itself was noteworthy – the pair crashed into a building and then the car fled and ended up going the wrong way on the expressway. Pretty obvious something was out of the ordinary.

Both men admitted they had been smoking spice in the car. Spice is a type of incense laced with the synthetics in question. It is meant to mimic the effects of marijuana when smoked.

The two marines were arrested and charged. There was no report of other disciplinary action taken by the military in the case.

While it is unfortunate that our young men in uniform got nailed for a law they might not have known about, the truth of the matter is that they were out to get high. The crazy road adventure points out just how well they accomplished that task. Any convictions will become a part of their military record and affect them adversely. It wouldn’t have been any different if they had been drunk. It’s lucky that no one was hurt in the incident.


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