- Special Sections
- Public Notices
RICHMOND — Legislation is advancing in the General Assembly to outlaw a type of synthetic marijuana that resulted in an overdose in Grayson County last year.
A bill on the issue sailed through a Virginia Senate committee last week without a dissenting vote.
Also known as herbal incense, “spice” or K2, the synthetic marijuana consists of chemically treated plants that produce a high when smoked.
Several bills on the subject were rolled into an amended version of SB 745, which would make possession of the drug a crime in Virginia, and approved by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.
Similar legislation is working its way through the House of Delegates.
Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Grayson County had its first K2 overdose in December 2010. “The young man smoked the exotic herbs and it caused him to have hallucinations and to be disoriented for days.”
Vaughan said that, as far as he knows, there are no businesses selling K2 in Grayson County, but the herb packets are readily available over the Internet.
Vaughan said the Virginia Sheriff's Association is supporting the proposed legislation.
Some of the K2 products are banned — but not in Virginia — and some are legal in all states. Officials in several other states are exploring ways to curb the availability of the drug, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.