New Alabama law takes aim at synthetic marijuana

HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT)– Madison County District Attorneys tell WHNT News 19 that synthetic marijuana, or “spice” as it’s called on the street, is more prevalent than ever.

Don Rizzardi, Assistant D.A., said, “It has the qualities of a cannaboid drug, which is marijuana, but more of the chemicals in there than anything organic.”

These chemicals trick the brain into feeling the same type of high that you get with pot, although it’s a completely different drug. Those same chemicals can be manipulated to alter the drug, making it more dangerous, and also more difficult to police.

“If you change one atom in the molecular structure, it changes something where it might not be illegal, so they have to go and change the law,” Rizzardi said.

Representative Mike Ball agrees. “Folks are always finding ways to skirt the law. So the law has to find ways to corner them in,” he said.

Alabama lawmakers recently passed a bill sponsored by Arthur Orr of Montgomery. It expanded the definition of “synthetic marijuana” to compensate for variations of the drug. Ball says this is something they can do to react to a growing drug problem, but it’s far from over.

“It won’t be the last time we’ll have to address this issue,” he said.”



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