DECATUR—New laws meant to crack down on the sale of synthetic marijuana, or K2, are going into effect January 1st.
The adjustment to the Illinois Controlled Substances Act will strengthen law enforcement’s ability to classify what is, and what is not, synthetic marijuana.
Decatur Police Lieutenant Cody Moore says the way the law is currently written, a producer of synthetic marijuana can change one compound in the drug and avoid prosecution; under the new rules, that will change, “The way things worked before is if you had a drug that was illegal, but altered a little bit of it to make it different, it wasn’t considered that same drug anymore… this law will change that.”
Moore says the police get a call, ‘at least once per day’ from a resident under the influence of synthetic marijuana, who sees it being sold, or has found it in their home or on the street.
“I don’t think this is any more of a problem locally than it is across the state or across the nation, but I definitely think it is a problem,” Moore said. “This is a dangerous drug that has some very dangerous side effects so whatever we can do to get it out of stores and off of the streets is a good thing.”
In 2011, local law enforcement, the state’s attorney’s office, and WSOY Radio hosted a forum addressing the sale of K2. That year the first law in Illinois banning the sale of the product went into effect.
Moore says you are encouraged to contact the police department if you see the drug for sale at a gas station or a convenience store.
The new legislation takes effect on January 1st.