06/15/2012

Chemists thwart new law against synthetic marijuana

Georgia law covered every prior known compound of 'spice,' no arrest authority for new compound

By Joy Lukachick
Chattanooga Times Free Press

ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers thought they had created a law with teeth that would allow police to regulate a synthetic marijuana sold as "spice," but two weeks after the bill passed, chemists created a new compound for the drug.

Chase's Law, which passed in March, covered every known compound that had been previously used in the drug, said Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency Director Rick Allen. But then the crime lab discovered an entirely new compound that gives a similar high to other synthetic marijuana products and is just as dangerous.

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