Grant County law enforcers are warning citizens and businesses that ignorance won't protect them from being prosecuted if they are found with spice, "bath salts" or other synthetic marijuana and stimulants.
Synthetic cannabinoids were added to the list of controlled substances in December by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy, and the state Department of Health has permanently banned the sale, use and possession of products in synthetic marijuana and stimulants.
Grant County's Interagency Narcotic Enforcement Team recently conducted an investigation of a local convenience store and undercover officers purchased two "herbal" products sold under the brand name Green Grenade and Clown, Sheriff Tom Jones said.
When tested at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, the products contained naphthoylindoles, which are on the banned list, he said.
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Synthetic cannabinoids are said to mimic the high people get when smoking marijuana. The synthetic stimulants in bath salts are said to copy the effects of cocaine, acid, ecstasy or methamphetamine.
Jones said the products are dangerous and can cause psychosis.
Prosecutor Angus Lee said possession or distribution of the synthetic marijuana or stimulants is punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.