When synthetic marijuana first hit Virginia stores in 2006, its use spread like wildfire among teenagers. Now, because of legislation moving toward approval in the General Assembly, the legality of the chemical-based substance may be going up in smoke.
Under House Bill 1434, which passed the House of Delegates by a 98-0 vote on Monday, Virginia would criminalize synthetic marijuana and classify it as a Schedule 1 drug, grouping it with marijuana (cannabis). The Senate unanimously approved a similar proposal last week.
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