August 24th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
The Allegany County Commissioners introduced emergency legislation during Thursday’s business meeting designed to prohibit the manufacturing, distribution and use of synthetic drugs. Synthetic cannabis is a psychoactive designer drug derived of natural herbs sprayed with synthetic chemicals that, when consumed, allegedly mimic the pleasurable effects of cannabis. It is best known by the brand names K2 and Spice- and it is sold at various locations in Allegany County. Efforts on the state and federal level to ban, or make illegal the drugs have not been successful to date. Under the proposed county law, a person who is convicted will be guilty of a misdemeanor and be subject to six months in prison and a fine of $1,000 or both. The Maryland State Police Barrack Commander, Cumberland City Police Chief and the Allegany County Sheriff were all in attendance at the session. Sheriff Craig Robertson said previous attempts to outlaw the drugs were often thwarted by substituting or skewing the chemical makeup. This process will lead to a violation of the law regardless of the drugs chemical makeup….