On Tuesday, March 27, Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation that outlaws all forms of synthetic marijuana in the state of Georgia. The law went into effect upon the Governor’s signature this week. Although Georgia banned synthetic marijuana in 2010, manufacturers tweaked the formula to get around the law. Upon Governor Deal signing SB370, that loophole is now closed.
The product is a Schedule I drug under the law and possession and sale is punishable by two to 15 years in prison. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said his agency is instructing local law enforcement to inform retailers who sell synthetic marijuana that it is now illegal and to either destroy the product or have it seized and face possible prosecution. Local law enforcement will be partnering with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Altamaha Drug Task Force to ensure compliance. Those who are not in compliance with the law will be prosecuted.