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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 6:00am

Pharmacy Rule Bans New Synthetic Pot

Georgia is cracking down on new forms of synthetic marijuana.

At the request of Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy has adopted an emergency rule classifying newly discovered compounds of synthetic marijuana as controlled substances. The rule allows police to seize the new forms, but it does not provide for arrest.

The Georgia General Assembly has twice banned forms of synthetic marijuana, but manufacturers keep changing the molecular structure to circumvent the law. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation recently identified new versions, which were addressed by the new pharmacy rule on Monday.

Officials said any criminal penalties for the new versions will have to come from legislation passed by the General Assembly.