marijuana laws in virginia
US Politics today 16 November 2011
In March 2011, Virginia Governor Bob McDonald signed a law criminalizing the possession and sale of synthetic marijuana, joining at least 15 other states in banning the man-made drugs that go by brand names like Spice and K2. The drugs consist of chemicals that manufacturers spray onto herbs, spices or other substances that people can smoke. These synthetic drugs mimic the effects of THC, the intoxicating chemical found in marijuana plants.
Virginia legislators worded the synthetic-marijuana ban broadly to take as many of these drugs off the streets as possible, and they instituted severe penalties for synthetic marijuana possession and distribution. However, the broad language is causing authorities difficulty in convicting people under the new law.
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