Synthetic cannabinoids are designer drugs which have been made to mimic the effects experiences by tetra-hydro-cannabinol (THC). These substances are sprayed on herbal blends and ingested through smoking. There are many different structures of synthetic cannabinoids because the Controlled Substance Act has outlawed certain structures. A chemist can alter an already known structure by changing a minor detail creating a new legal drug. The problem with these drugs is that they cause many adverse effects and are bad for public health. In order to decrease the use of these synthetic substances the legalization of marijuana is being considered. The issue with legalizing this now controlled substance is that the effects on driving. There is no way to directly correlate the level of THC in the blood to the effects an individual is experiencing. Colorado has legalized recreational marijuana and has not experienced many issues thus far. A new technique for DUI testing needs to be found in order to be sure marijuana legalization is efficiently regulated and the public is safe.
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Sterling, Melissa R., "Synthetic Cannabinoids: Law vs. Science" (2014). Honors Theses. 179.