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CRS 18-18-406.1

Unlawful Use or Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids or Salvia Divinorum

Colorado Statute CRS 18-18-406—unlawful use or possession of synthetic cannabinoids or salvia divinorum—is a Class 2 drug misdemeanor offense. If convicted, offenders face up to a year of probation, 120 days in jail, and/or a fine of up to $500.

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Penalties for Unlawful Use or Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids or Salvia Divinorum in Colorado

Charge Classification Penalty
Unlawful use or possession of synthetic cannabinoids or salvia divinorum. Colorado level 2 drug misdemeanor.
  • Potential 120 days in jail
  • Up to 1 year probation
  • Up to $500 in fines
(Colo. Rev. Stat. 18-18-406.1)

Elements of Unlawful Use or Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids or Salvia Divinorum

The elements of a charge under CRS 18-18-406.1 are:

  • Use or
  • Possession of

Any amount of any synthetic cannabinoid or salvia divinorum.

Possible Defenses for Unlawful Use or Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids or Salvia Divinorum in Colorado

Depending on the circumstances, these are the possible defenses:

  • You weren’t aware that you were carrying salvia divinorum or synthetic cannabis.
  • The illegal search and seizure infringed on your Fourth Amendment rights and led to the discovery of synthetic cannabis or salvia.

Colorado Revised Statutes, CRS 18-18-406.1 :

(1) On and after January 1, 2012, it is unlawful for any person to use or possess any amount of any synthetic cannabinoid or salvia divinorum.

(2) A person who violates any provision of subsection (1) of this section commits a level 2 drug misdemeanor.”

Have You Been Charged or Arrested for Unlawful Use or Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids or Salvia Divinorum?

You likely have numerous questions concerning your forthcoming court struggle if you’ve been accused of possessing fake or synthetic narcotics in Colorado. What categories of defenses are there? What consequences will these allegations have? You must get the services of a skilled criminal law attorney if you have been accused of possessing or distributing drugs to get the best result from your case.

Our Colorado criminal defense lawyers at Right Law Group have a wealth of experience in this field of law. We understand how to navigate the complex legal system and provide convincing evidence to a judge or jury. Call or stop by our law offices if you are near Colorado Springs or El Paso County. We’ll fight to keep you free.

FAQ: Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids or Salvia Divinorum in Colorado

What does federal law say about the possession of illegal cannabinoids?

Not only are synthetic cannabinoids illegal under Colorado law, but they are also outlawed under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Under this act, possession of a controlled substance like synthetic marijuana is punishable by up to 1 year in federal prison and a fine of no less than $1000 if you are prosecuted federally

What are synthetic drugs?

Synthetic drugs are wholly artificial, unlike naturally occurring substances like cannabis. Popular synthetic drugs are LSD, Ecstasy, and meth.

What are some other names for synthetic marijuana?

You might be in breach of CRS 18-18-406.1 if you are in possession of the following:

  • Yucatan
  • Fire
  • BlissSpice Gold
  • Spice Silver
  • Black Mamba
  • Bombay Blue
  • Fake Weed
  • Spice
  • K2
  • Mamba
  • Spice Diamond
  • Genie