Council Bans Synthetic Marijuana

The Avenue News | January 28, 2014

The Baltimore County Council has added synthetic cannabinoids to its list of illegal drugs after passing new legislation during its meeting Wednesday evening, Jan. 22.

Synthetic cannabinoid, also known as Spice or K-2, is a synthetic form of marijuana which will remain legal to own, sell and use until the new law sponsored by Councilwomen Vicki Almond, Cathy Bevins and Councilman David Marks until the new legislation takes affect on March 8.

“This is a very important piece of legislation and I’ve heard from several parents of children— who they lost to this drug — and I think bringing it to the attention, and the Council being proactive is very, very important,” Almond said. “I’d like to thank our [Police] Chief Jim Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department for his support and input...Hopefully this Bill will give police officers another tool in their tool belt to be able to get rid of this drug off the streets.”

The synthetic cannabinoid Bill — Bill 78-13 — was first introduced to the Council during its meeting on Dec. 16, 2013.

“I do know first hand, that I have a friend who lost a son to $16 of this substance,” Bevins said. “So we are making a difference.

Beginning March 8, anyone caught purchasing, using, possessing, distributing or with the intent to distributed will be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction will be subjected to a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment not exceeding 60 days, or both.