New Jersey and a handful of other states have strict laws making it illegal
to possess, distribute or manufacture synthetic marijuana or any variations
of the drug. Synthetic variations are more potent than organic cannabis,
and can cause a host of physical and psychotic symptoms that can last
for months. In New Jersey, synthetic
marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substance, the same classification
as heroin and cocaine.
One of the first cases to be tried since Gov. Christie hardened the state’s
synthetic drug laws in March of this year will be conducted in a Bergen
County courtroom. A local doctor was charged with possession of synthetic
marijuana after police responded to a call from his wife. She gave police
a supply of the drug and claimed it belonged to her husband. The doctor
argues that the synthetic marijuana did not belong to him. If convicted,
he could be sentenced anywhere from three to five years in prison as well
as be fined up to $25,000. It is unknown what other evidence prosecutors
have besides the testimony of the doctor’s wife.
We have discussed cases that hinge on the reliability of witnesses in past
posts. If you find yourself falsely accused of drug crimes or any other
serious offense, a consultation with a lawyer could be very beneficial.
A skilled defense attorney can help disprove the testimony of a witness
and validate the truthfulness of your claim. There are two sides to every
story; yours deserves to be heard in a court of law.
“One of first synthetic pot court cases in NJ coming to Bergen,” Mary K. Miraglia, July 23, 2013