- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A bill that would outlaw synthetic marijuana is headed to Gov. Phil Bryant.

Senate Bill 2169 would make it illegal to grow, possess, sell or traffic the synthetic cannabinoids. It would classify synthetic marijuana in the same category of controlled substances as real marijuana but set lesser penalties for the synthetic version.

Selling 10 or less grams of synthetic marijuana could earn a maximum $3,000 fine and maximum three years in prison. The penalties increase for larger amounts of the drug. Forty grams could earn a minimum $20,000 fine and prison sentence of at least five years.

Possessing 10 grams or less would earn a $250 maximum fine. Fines would increase for repeat offenders.

Overdoses on synthetic marijuana put more than 30 people in the emergency room in April 2015.

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