Marijuana, synthetic; penalties for possession, intent to sell, distribute, etc. (SB746)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Penalties for possession, sale, gift, distribution or possession with intent to sell, give or distribute synthetic marijuana. Creates a new category for "synthetic marijuana" as a series of controlled substances listed in Schedule 1 ( 54.1-3446) of the Drug Control Act ( 54.1-3400 et seq.). Notwithstanding the provisions regarding punishment for possession and distribution of controlled substances listed in Schedule 1, punishment for possession and distribution of synthetic marijuana is largely in accord with the provisions for actual marijuana.

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01/11/2011: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


10/29/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100536D
10/29/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/04/2010Impact statement from VCSC (SB746)
01/11/2011Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/17/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB746)
01/24/2011Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB749.


stephen writes:

This guy knows nothing about what he wrote this bill for, K2 and all that other crap is not sold as marijuana, it's sold as air freshner, and does not fall under controlled anything. Next the druggies will sell it on carrots, will you then out law carrots. Not shocked america lost the war on drugs with your kind of bills.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Stephen, it is you who does not understand this bill, not its sponsor, a 20-year veteran of the General Assembly. (Let's all pause to pretend to be surprised.) The purpose of the bill is to cause it to be classified as a controlled substance. It doesn't matter if it's sold as cat food—it's prohibited if it contains 2-(3-hydroxycyclohexyl)-5-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)phenol, 2-(3-hydroxycyclohexyl)-5-(2-methylheptan-2-yl)phenol, 2-(3-hydroxycyclohexyl)-5-(2-methylnonan-2-yl)phenol, 2-(3-hydroxycyclohexyl)-5-(2-methyldecan-2-yl)phenol, 1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole, 1-butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole, 1-pentyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole, 1-hexyl-3-(naphthalen-1-oyl)indole, or (6aR,10aR)-9-(hydroxymethyl)-6,6-dimethyl-3-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)-6a,7,10,10a-tetrahydrobenzo[c]chromen-1-ol. And that covers K2, etc.

Please, pause in your ceaseless and almost uniformly useless ten-word critiques of legislation to actually read a few words in the summary, if not the text of the bill itself. You might learn something.

stephen writes:

Thank you waldo, and yes I will be ceaseless, I always look forward to your put downs, everyone likes a joke.