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Monroe County Seizes Synthetic Marijuana
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Monroe County deputies seized nearly $10,000 worth of "synthetic marijuana," starting just hours after a new law made it illegal.

A news release from the sheriff's department says deputies began visiting every convenience store in the county and in the city of Forsyth starting around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 370, which outlaws all forms of synthetic marijuana in Georgia.

Synthetic cannabinoids contain marijuana-like chemical compounds combined with dried vegetation and are sold in gas stations throughout the state.

Opponents say they can cause psychosis and increase the tendency of violent behavior.

Law enforcement officials requested the bill be signed immediately so they can begin cracking down on the sale of the
substance.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department says the synthetic marijuana is often sold as "incense" under trade names such as Crazy Monkey, Diablo, T8C, KUSH and K2 that mimic street names for marijuana.

They say they seized 256 packages of the substances, weighing nearly 2 pounds, with a retail value of $9,833.43.

The news release says store owners were given copies of the law and told they would be charged criminally if they possessed or sold the substances after Tuesday.

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