Loophole allows synthetic drugs to remain in stores - WRBL

Loophole allows synthetic drugs to remain in stores

Posted: Updated:

A loophole in a state law banning the sale of synthetic marijuana allows some types of those drugs to remain on store shelves.  Now lawmakers want to stop it.

Two years ago, a law went into effect banning the drugs that are designed to mimic the effects of marijuana when smoked.  But some law enforcement officials worried that law didn't go far enough.  Now, lawmakers want to amend the statute to make clear the term "synthetic" does not just apply to something made up in a laboratory.

"There's a concern that the existing law...law enforcement can't go after synthetic cannabinoids that are derived from organic materials," Republican State Representative Tom Murry said.

Murry, a licensed pharmacist, says products like "Bizarro" and "Game Over" are a new class of synthetic marijuana targeted towards kids and young adults.

"Synthetic cannabinoids, sometimes are multiple factors stronger than marijuana and a lot of times when these kids are experimenting and use it one time, the effects can be dangerous," Murry said.

Friday, WNCN was able to find some synthetic marijuana products on store shelves in Raleigh.  One product called "Game Over" was branded as potpourri and labeled "not for human consumption," but it was sold at a smoke shop and had a similar appearance to marijuana.

Now, Murry hopes a bill scheduled for a house vote on Monday night will end that game once and for all.

The measure is expected to garner wide bipartisan support.

Derick Waller

Derick is a reporter for WNCN covering crime, education, politics and just about everything in between. He has a knack for adapting to any story and consistently delivers information quickly across multiple platforms. More>>

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Hagan, Tillis tied in Senate race, new data shows

    Hagan, Tillis tied in Senate race, new data shows

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:08:25 GMT
    Sen. Kay Hagain (D) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R)Sen. Kay Hagain (D) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R)
    As Sen. Kay Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis prepare to debate Wednesday night, new data shows the race is tight.
    As Sen. Kay Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis prepare to debate Wednesday night, new data shows the race is tight.
  • Union, NAACP hold Labor Day rallies across NC

    Union, NAACP hold Labor Day rallies across NC

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:38:24 GMT
    Union and civil rights leaders joined together for a series of rallies and news conferences across North Carolina on Labor Day.
    Union and civil rights leaders joined together for a series of rallies and news conferences across North Carolina on Labor Day.
  • Libertarian candidate could have big impact on Senate race

    Libertarian candidate could have big impact on Senate race

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:41:44 GMT
    Sean Haugh, a Libertarian candidate, is on the same ballot as Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and the Republican challenger, Thom Tillis.Sean Haugh, a Libertarian candidate, is on the same ballot as Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and the Republican challenger, Thom Tillis.
    Sean Haugh, a Libertarian candidate, is on the same ballot as Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and the Republican challenger, Thom Tillis.
    Sean Haugh, a Libertarian candidate, is on the same ballot as Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and the Republican challenger, Thom Tillis.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.