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Governor bans fake marijuana, police chief warns distributors

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A dayafter Georgia Governor Nathan Deal placed a ban on synthetic marijuana acrossthe state, local law enforcement officials are calling on all businesses in thearea to pull the product from their shelves.   

"When Governor Deal signedthat bill into law, at that very moment when he lifted his pen from that paper,it is now against the law to possess to possess with intent to distribute, todistribute, [or] to sell synthetic marijuana," District Attorney JuliaSlater. 

It's called "Chase'sLaw" after an Atlanta teen who died recently from using the popular drug.The Drug Enforcement Administration defines synthetic marijuana as a mixture ofherbs that are sprayed with a synthetic compound that is similar to thechemical THC which is found in real marijuana. Some of the effects are similarto marijuana and can cause paranoia, panic attacks, and giddiness.  

Columbus Police Chief RickyBoren is warning all businesses in Muscogee County who currently have theproduct on their shelves to pull the drug immediately.  

"If we catch them andthrough whatever source purchase any of that substance, not only will they beincarcerated, but their business license may be in jeopardy," said ColumbusPolice Chief Ricky Boren.  

Bhavm Patel works at T&TCigar & Food on Warms Springs Road in Columbus, he says they have alreadypulled the product from their shelves, but that hasn't stopped people fromasking to buy it. Several people were surprised to find out K2 or fakemarijuana was no longer for sale.  

"I just tell them that it'sbanned, you can't get it here," Patel said. 

But some stores in the valleyare still selling the product. We walked into a local business and asked for K2.The manager would not go on camera but did say it was still on the shelf andthey had planned on removing it Thursday morning.

District Attorney Julia Slatersays all businesses should act fast because law enforcement officers are beinginstructed to enforce the new law.

"Metro Narcotics Task Forceand the VICE can go out and start attacking this problem and make sure thatnobody is selling it so that people aren't consuming it," Slater said.   

 Chief Boren says that peoplecan drop their current supplies off at the Public Safety Center- no questionsasked.

"I feel like it's causingharm not only to the children, but to anybody that purchases this and we willtake action," Chief Boren said. 

Chief Boren says when you bringyour synthetic marijuana products to the Public Safety Center you will be givena report. Then,  local law enforcementwill properly dispose of the drugs.

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