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North Carolina store owner arrested for selling spice

Since June of last year, is has been illegal to possess or distribute synthetic marijuana and bath salts in North Carolina. A person who is arrested for these offenses can face a variety of serious drug possession charges.

Bath salts contain chemicals that are categorized as Schedule I drugs, including methylenedioxpyrovalerone. Bath salts produce similar effects to cocaine and can cause a wide variety of damage to a person, both mentally and physically. Because of these risks, the bath salts have been banned. However, state governments are not consistent in which chemicals in the drug are banned so in some cases, bath salts may still be available.

Synthetic marijuana is referred to as "spice". Being in possession of a small amount of spice may result in a misdemeanor charge, but for larger amounts or repeat offenders, charges are frequently escalated.

Recently, the owner of a tobacco shop was arrested on a number of counts after investigators raided his store. They found 40 packages of spice and he was charged with selling and delivering the synthetic drug, selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to sell and deliver, maintaining a place where drugs were sold, as well as drug paraphernalia possession. His coworker faces similar charges.

Being charged with possession of drugs such as bath salts or spice may not seem like a big deal, but it can have a permanent effect on a person's record. In some cases, a person may not be aware that chemicals they may be in possession of have been banned by the government. In either case, it could be important to work with an attorney who understands current drug laws and penalties.

Source: JD News, "Store owner charged with selling spice," Lindell Kay, March 21, 2012

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