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Synthetic Drug Laws Proving Effective

December 31st, 2012 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Commissioners earlier this year approved emergency legislation 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 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. Sheriff Craig Robertson said recently that the early data suggests the new law is proving effective, however he would still like to see further initiatives taken on the state level…

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