Bartow County passes tougher law against fake pot - CBS46 News

Bartow County passes tougher law against fake pot

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BARROW COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Trying to keep synthetic pot off the streets has been a constant battle in Bartow County. On Wednesday, they took the first step towards winning the fight to get synthetic pot off the streets.

"State law gives specific ingredients, this actually includes everything that is sold chemical wise," Commissioner Steve Taylor said. "All this does, is take care of Bartow County. We are looking at our community, of course, but we would love to see surrounding communities take the same action."

Bartow County is one of a handful of counties in Georgia that have passed legislation that is stronger than the current state statute.

Captain Mark Mayton with the Bartow County Sheriff's Office said the state law allowed manufacturers the ability to alter or change chemical substances that were banned. Bartow's new ordinance stops them from skirting the law.

"What we tried to do was take the chemical composition element out of the crime and just make it an illegal substance in the county, a banned product," Mayton said.

The charge is a misdemeanor that could carry 60 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

There have been two confirmed deaths in Georgia from smoking synthetic pot.

On Mar. 4, 2012 Chase Burnett died after smoking synthetic marijuana. A few days later on Mar. 10, Dakota Blaze Dyer, 14, tried synthetic marijuana once, and then shot himself.

"It has dangerous health effects that could lead to death, elevated heart rate, elevated blood pressure, hallucinations and it can lead to their death," Mayton said.

Last month, 12 people got sick in Brunswick, GA after smoking a substance named spice.

And in late Aug. officials in Colorado investigated three possible deaths from synthetic marijuana, at least 75 had to be hospitalized.

Mayton said all synthetic marijuana is full of poison that needs to be removed from the streets, and shelves of convenience stores.

"We are going to hand out letters to all of our convenience stores, and then it's on," Mayton said. "We will start making arrests and putting people in jail."

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