Controlled substance analogs; regulation by Board of Pharmacy, synthetic cannabinoids, penalties. (SB594)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Controlled substance analogs; regulation by Board of Pharmacy; synthetic cannabinoids; penalties. Authorizes the Board of Pharmacy to place controlled substance analogs (a substance that has a substantially similar chemical structure to a controlled substance in Schedule I or II and that has or is intended to have the same or a greater stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic effect on the central nervous system) into the list of controlled substances found in Schedule I or II via an expedited regulatory process. Such controlled substance analogs are subject to the same penalties as those for the actual drug. The bill also repeals the specific criminal penalties for possession, etc., of synthetic cannabinoids and places synthetic cannabinoids into the list of controlled substances in Schedule I, where they will be subject to the same penalties as those for other Schedule I controlled substances with the exception of simple possession, which will be penalized as a Class 1 misdemeanor instead of as a Class 5 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103613D
01/13/2014Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/14/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB594)
01/16/2014Rereferred from Education and Health (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2014Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/22/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2014Rereferred to Finance
02/05/2014Reported from Finance with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014Read second time
02/07/2014Reading of amendments waived
02/07/2014Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2014Engrossed by Senate as amended SB594E
02/07/2014Printed as engrossed 14103613D-E
02/10/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB594E)
02/10/2014Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/2014Placed on Calendar
02/12/2014Read first time
02/12/2014Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/14/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB594E)
02/18/2014Referred from Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/18/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/18/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/24/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
02/24/2014Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/26/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2014Committee substitute printed 14105234D-H1
02/26/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/28/2014Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/28/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB594H1)
03/03/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
03/03/2014Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2014Read second time
03/06/2014Read third time
03/06/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105234D-H1
03/06/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB594H1
03/06/2014Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/06/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2014House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/06/2014Title replaced 14105234D-H1
03/17/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB594ER)
03/17/2014Signed by President
03/18/2014Signed by Speaker
03/18/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB594ER)
04/01/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB594ER)
04/06/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 719 (effective 7/1/14)
04/06/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0719)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 50 seconds.