Crime Commission Prepares to Submit Recommendations
The State Crime Commission will be holding a meeting next week to release its final recommendations to the General Assembly on a number of high profile issues. Craig Carper reports.
The Commission is expected to recommend criminalizing a new substance known as synthetic marijuana, or “spice.” The drug is sold as incense and is manufactured by spraying synthetic chemicals onto catnip or hogwarts. Smoking the substance provides a similar experience to marijuana, but can induce nausea and seizures.
Another issue before the commission is updating the state’s protective order laws to include dating violence. Currently, Virginia law only allows protective orders for family or household members.
Democratic Senator Janet Howell of Fairfax is the Chairperson of the Crime Commission. She says the biggest challenge to finding consensus has been determining the appropriate language.
Howell: Whether all of the pieces will fall in place this year, I don’t know. There is no question we’re moving toward including dating relationships; whether it will be called that is still up in the air because we don’t want to make it actually more difficult, we want to make it more expansive.
The Commission will issue its final recommendations on December eighth.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square