Sometimes it takes lawmakers a number of years to criminalize certain drugs deemed to be dangerous to users and other members of the community. For example, prosecutors may have diffuculty charging an individual with a drug crime if the intoxicant in question isn't specifically addressed in drug legislation. This was the case with synthetic marijuana before state and federal lawmakers took steps to illegalize particular chemical compounds that can have an intoxicating effect similar to that of marijuana.
The chemical compound MDMA, otherwise known as "molly," is another example of a synthetic drug that has been made illegal to sell or possess. Two young men in Margate were recently charged with MDMA-related crimes, and if convicted, the 20-year-olds could face lengthy prison sentences.