Recently Gov. Corbett signed a law banning bath salts and other forms of synthetic marijuana and drugs. However, even before the ink dried, the inevitable happened: People made new drugs. From synthetic drugs to exotic plants to cleaners and chemicals, people have found new ways to get high and continue the cat-and-mouse game with the law.
When horror stories about bath salts and synthetic marijuana began circulating, lawmakers in Pennsylvania acted swiftly to ban the so-called fake drugs.
But manufacturers are even quicker.
Today is the first day that brands of bath salts, synthetic pot and salvia are illegal in this state.
By Wednesday, a yet-to-be-named product will be on the shelves of at least one local head shop, promising to have the same effects of synthetic marijuana.
These new drugs create a huge problem for the forensic community. Every chemical has different properties and produces different results on blood tests (see our series on DUI blood testing) and creates a unique spectrum potentially. It takes a great deal of research to establish the the standard of how a chemical should be tested and how it’s instrumental results should look. Currently, many labs are using non-validated methods which can result in false positives, false conclusions, and false convictions.
This is why any case involving new drugs should be handled by an attorney with a strong background in forensic science and in particular analytical chemistry. Whether its a possession case or a DUI drug case, the toxicology reports need to be examined by a defense attorney who specializes in these types of cases. PA DUI Attorney Justin McShane of the McShane Firm is a well respected forensic lawyer-scientist who has lectured at scientific seminars and even publishes a highly followed forensic science blog. Call 1-866-MCSHANE for a free case review and consultation.