2012 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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HB 508--Provide Woodrum appropriation for synthetic marijuana penalties

Item 389 #6h

Item 389 #6h

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Public Safety
Corrections, Department of FY2013 $50,000 FY2014 $0 GF

Page 285, line 34, strike "$97,629,073" and insert "$97,679,073".
Page 287, line 18, strike "$12,128,309" and insert "$13,839,657".
Page 287, after line 32, insert:
"g. To increase the penalties for new variants of synthetic cannabinoids and bath salts --$50,000."

(This amendment provides the "Woodrum" appropriation for House Bill 508, which amends the provisions criminalizing the production of synthetic cannabinoids (i.e. synthetic marijuana) and bath salts mimicking the effects of cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, and methamphetamine to include new variants of these substances that have been recently produced. In addition, House Bill 508, redefines synthetic cannabinoids to capture any new variants that may be produced so that the General Assembly will not be required to update the list of banned substances in subsequent Sessions. State law requires that any legislation that would result in an increase in the prison population over the succeeding six years from its enactment be accompanied by an appropriation that would cover the increased prison operating costs in one year resulting from the additional inmates. (This is often referred to as the "Woodrum amendment".))