Man charged with intent to distribute synthetic marijuana

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 13, 2014 

Kenneth Duncan

Crossing the center line led to a 23-year-old man's arrest Wednesday morning after police found a small amount of synthetic marijuana in his vehicle, according to court testimony.

Kenneth Duncan faced intent to distribute spice and crossing the center line charges during a Thursday morning Recorder's Court hearing. He was stopped near the intersection of 13th Street and 17th Avenue at about 1 a.m.

While searching Duncan's Toyota Camry, an officer told the court police found 1.8 grams of spice. Duncan told the court Thursday he was unaware the substance was synthetic marijuana, believing it to be hookah tobacco.

Judge Michael Cielinski set a $5,150 bond for Duncan's two charges.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill into law in March 2012 outlawing synthetic cannabinoids, classifying the substance as a Schedule 1 drug.

The bill was named "Chase's Law," honoring the death of Fayette County student Chase Corbitt Burnett, who was found dead in a hot tub at 16 years old after smoking the substance.

Synthetic marijuana is commonly made up of plant substances that have been sprayed with illegal chemical compounds. It has been linked to rapid heart beat, high blood pressure and seizures.

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