Federal prisons across the nation have a serious synthetic marijuana problem. It used to be that drugs like heroin and marijuana were smuggled into prisons regularly, but now with the proliferation of synthetic marijuana brands like K2 and Spice, prisoners have switched the game up.
The reasons are twofold. Primarily, it’s because the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) doesn’t test for synthetic marijuana. Prisoners are randomly tested for illegal narcotic use such as heroin and marijuana and getting a dirty urine is a 100 series write up, the most severe incident report. Sanctions include 60 days in Disciplinary Segregation, loss of good time, commissary, visiting and phone privileges up to one year. But synthetic marijuana doesn’t show up in a urinalysis at all.
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