CASPER, Wyo. - Two Casper women have pleaded no contest to distributing synthetic marijuana that sickened four people in Wyoming last year.
The illnesses triggered a health alert that eventually led to the discovery of 12 similar cases in five other states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they were the first documented cases of synthetic marijuana causing kidney problems.
Kari Steelman and Julia Cox pleaded no contest to dealing the drug known as spice. They entered their pleas Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Casper.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/16v4e4U ) each defendant would serve three to five years in prison under the terms of their plea agreements.
The 16 people who were hospitalized after using the synthetic marijuana experienced symptoms ranging from nausea to kidney failure. All 16 have recovered.