Virginia has joined at least 15 other states in banning synthetic marijuana.
Gov. Bob McDonnell signed Senate Bill 745 today, making it illegal to sale or possess the drug, commonly referred to as “Spice” and “K2.”
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Mark Herring (D-eastern Loudoun) unanimously passed the General Assembly last month.
“I am pleased that Virginia has now joined at least 15 other states that have taken action to protect our citizens, particularly our young people, from these dangerous designer drugs,” Herring said in a statement. “I am particularly grateful to all of the members of the General Assembly, members of both parties in both houses, who worked diligently with me on this important public safety issue.”
“This new law has significantly harsher penalties for the sale and distribution of these harmful compounds,” Herring continued. “Those who manufacture and sell these products know full well the purpose for which they will be used and should bear significant responsibility for the harm they are causing.”
The legislation will take effect immediately because of an emergency clause attached to the bill.
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