Despite the conspicuous absence of any meddling kids, a Pennsylvania man failed to get away with allegedly breaking into a school to smoke synthetic marijuana "Scooby Snax."
Police in Lower Southampton, outside of Philadelphia, noticed a bike resting against the front door of the Tawanka Learning Center early Monday morning, reports the Bucks County Courier Times. When police investigated, they spotted 35-year-old John Paul Sabara lying on the floor inside the school.
When police tried to wake Sabara, he reportedly began to growl and make strange noises while "acting in an aggressive manner." Ruh roh.
Glass Pipe, "Scooby Snax" Found at Scene
According to police, a glass smoking pipe and a bag of synthetic marijuana called "Scooby Snax" were recovered from the scene. Despite claiming that he had "fallen" inside the school after falling asleep, Sabara was charged with criminal trespassing. Under Pennsylvania criminal law, trespassing by breaking into a building can be a second degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Sabara was also charged with drug possession, despite only possessing synthetic marijuana. Although the law in each state may vary depending on the chemical composition of synthetic marijuana, possessing synthetic marijuana can in many cases result in criminal drug possession charges.
Fake Pot, Real Charges
In 2013, the Drug Enforcement Agency categorized the synthetic compounds used to produce popular forms of synthetic marijuana -- known as spice or K2 -- as Schedule I controlled substances. Under the U.S. Code, a Schedule I drug is a drug or substance with a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in the U.S., and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision. These drugs include marijuana, LSD, and ecstasy.
Pennsylvania passed its own law outlawing synthetic marijuana in 2011, reports the Associated Press.
- John-Paul Sabara Found Sleeping In Philly School With Glass Pipe, Synthetic Pot (Associated Press)
- Synthetic Marijuana K2 Coming Under Fire (FindLaw's Blotter)
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- Can 'Fake Pot' Makers Be Sued? (FindLaw's Injured)