CNT Reacts to GA Bill Outlawing All Forms of Synthetic Marijuana
The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team is stepping up enforcement after Georgia Governor; Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 370 into law earlier today. The law, identified as Chase's Law, makes all forms of synthetic marijuana illegal in the state of Georgia.
CNT Director Everette Ragan said, "This is a bill we have been expecting and eagerly awaiting. CNT fully stands behind the Bill and feels its passing is a huge step forward on the War of Drugs." Though previous bills have been passed by lawmakers banning the drugs, manufacturers have been able to keep the substance on store shelves by tweaking the molecule where the substance being sold did not fall under the Controlled Substance Act. "The new legislation was written to include a variety of chemical substances so that all future forms of synthetic marijuana should be covered," said Director Ragan.
"These synthetic substances pose an enormous risk to our public safety," said Governor Deal in a statement. As the usage has dramatically increased, instances of violence, bodily harm and even death have risen with it. The substances have marijuana-like chemical compounds that are combined with different forms of dried vegetation. Doctors have determined that synthetic marijuana can cause psychosis and increase the tendency of violent behavior. These substances are commonly sold in gas stations and adult novelty stores throughout Georgia.
As shown in previous campaigns, CNT wishes to work with the community it serves. Any business within the borders of Chatham County in possession of synthetic marijuana may contact CNT during normal business hours, Monday through Friday at 912-652-3900 who will collect the substance and destroy it at no cost to the business. Any person found to be in possession of any form of synthetic marijuana and had not already made arrangements with CNT to have it collected, will be arrested and charged with a felony.