Judges Overturn A DUI Ruling Involving Synthetic Marijuana, Reversing A $37 Million Dollar Verdict
While marijuana is legal in several states for recreational use and in most states for medicinal use, synthetic marijuana is still available at convenience stores and other retail locations. Known as “K2” or “spice,” synthetic marijuana can cause the same euphoric effects of the drug. Unfortunately, some of the chemicals found in spice can be toxic according to the CDC.
People who have smoked synthetic marijuana have described a variety of side effects. These include rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, confusion, and hallucinations. Because these packets of “fake weed” are not regulated, many states have made the sale and possession of it illegal.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports that an appeals court has reversed a $37 million dollar verdict in a fatal wreck attributed to synthetic marijuana.
Seven years ago, on St. Patrick’s Day, three people were killed in a deadly accident when Christopher Generoso drove while high on synthetic marijuana manufactured by DZE Corp.
Generoso was convicted of vehicular manslaughter in the crash. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
In 2018, a Lee County jury awarded the family members of the victims $37 million, deciding that DZE Corp. was 65% responsible in the accident. Generoso was found to have been 35% responsible.
A three-judge panel at the 1st District Court of Appeals overturned the verdict. They wrote in their opinions that Generoso was solely to blame in the accident. As a result, the $37 million dollars that was awarded to the family members was rescinded.