Are synthetic drugs illegal? Health Canada and the police say they are, but the CEO of one of the biggest synthetic drug manufacturers says that none of the ingredients of his company's products are considered controlled substances. So, who is right? There is no real answer, but if the police and Health Canada have said the drugs are illegal, an individual could find him- or herself in serious trouble, even if the drugs are eventually considered legal.
Even if a judge agrees with the CEO, synthetic drug producers may find themselves arrested and charged with drug charges. Producers will want to hire criminal defence lawyers to argue just why the drugs should be considered legal. Since the Crown will most likely call officials from Health Canada as witnesses, a producer will want to work closely with his or her lawyer to highlight the uncertain legal classification of these substances.