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Deal signs law banning synthetic marijuana

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that outlaws all forms of synthetic marijuana in Georgia.

Deal signed Senate Bill 370 on Tuesday, which was named Chase's Law after 16-year-old Chase Corbitt Burnett who was found dead in his Fayette County home after smoking the substance. The teen's family joined the governor and other state leaders for the bill signing.

Synthetic cannabinoids contain marijuana-like chemical compounds combined with dried vegetation and are sold in gas stations throughout the state. The substance can cause psychosis and increase the tendency of violent behavior.

Law enforcement officials requested the bill be signed immediately so they can begin cracking down on the sale of the substance.

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Online:

Senate Bill 370: http://www.legis.ga.gov

Comments

FordGalaxy 2 years ago

One teenager dies from smoking synthetic marijuana and we have to outlaw it. Yet everyday people die from alcohol and cigarettes and those things are still legal. It's obvious why...they have a strong lobby in government. I have yet to understand why marijuana is still illegal. If legalized, we almost immediately see part fo the prison population drop, as non-violent offenders jailed for possession are released. Several studies show that it would be cheaper to legalize and offer treatment, like we do with alcohol. And beyond that, if legalized, the government could sanction producers, subsidize the product, and tax the crap out of it. And you know how our government loves taxes...

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rgranfeldt 2 years ago

But that's the problem with this stuff, it's not really "synthetic marijuana" it's sold as product not intended for smoking. Who knows what poisonous chemicals are included in this product sold in Gas Stations everywhere. Legalizing marijuana is a different subject. Good riddance to this garbage!

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BuzzG 2 years ago

Boy, will I sleep good tonight knowing that this major threat to my life has been eliminated. I just can't sleep knowing that somewhere some kid is getting high on something that has not been taxed by the State of Georgia.

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