After a sharp spike in Spice related illnesses and disturbances, police and lawmakers in Virginia took notice. The drug, a synthetic form of marijuana, is often labeled "herbal incense" and sold in gas stations and head shops across Virginia. The synthetic pot has been popular among service members and young people in Norfolk and across the state. However, a new law, scheduled to take effect in June, makes possession of the drug or any of its components illegal.
VA lawmakers voted unanimously to pass a bill that makes Spice illegal to possess. Spice is also known as K2, the Happy Shaman and Scooby Snax. If signed into law by the governor, possession or possession with intent to distribute less than a half ounce will be a class 1 misdemeanor. Manufacturing and possession over half an ounce will be considered a felony offense.
Currently, twelve bills that deal with the drug have been introduced to the Senate. Others would make the drug a schedule 1 controlled substance, the same category as marijuana and heroin, and make buying, selling or possessing any of the chemical compounds used in the manufacture of the drug illegal.
The Virginia Beach criminal law attorneys at Tavss Fletcher continue to keep a close eye on this story and will bring you updates here and on our blog.