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Michigan retailers who sell synthetic marijuana could face misdemeanor charges

Starting on July 1, retailers in Michigan will no longer be allowed to sell synthetic marijuana. Retailers that are found to be selling the substance known as K2 or Spice could face a misdemeanor charge.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed four bills into law yesterday that prohibit the sale of synthetic marijuana. In just a matter of weeks when the laws go into effect, law enforcement officers say they plan to visit retailers across the state to be sure the substances are off the shelves.

Synthetic marijuana is said to be responsible for close to 200 hospitalizations in Michigan this year and even one death. Children as young as 10-years-old have reportedly purchased the substance.

K2 or Spice is made from plant material. It is then sprayed with chemicals similar to the active ingredient in marijuana. People who use synthetic marijuana may experience hallucinations, paranoia, seizures, rapid heart rate and vomiting.

Because the laws banning the sale of synthetic marijuana are new, people may misinterpret the laws or may simply be unaware of the changes to the law. A mere misunderstanding could cause someone to face criminal charges. If convicted, they could face time behind bars and fines.

When someone in Michigan faces misdemeanor charges, it is often wise to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Although misdemeanor charges are less serious than felony charges, a person could still suffer hefty consequences. An attorney will defend an individual against the charges and work towards a favorable outcome for the accused.

Source: The Detroit News, "Snyder signs bills banning synthetic marijuana," Chad Livengood and Josh Katzenstein, June 20, 2012

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