News Release

Dalton State to Host Workshop on Synthetic Marijuana

April 13, 2012

Synthetic marijuana will be the subject of an awareness workshop to be hosted by the Criminal Justice fraternity at Dalton State College Monday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m.

The workshop is free and open to the public and will feature a panel of speakers including Mr. and Mrs. David Burnett, parents of the late Chase Burnett, for whom the recently-passed Georgia legislation, “Chase’s Law” is named.

The 16-year old Fayette County honor student drowned in the family’s Peachtree City hot tub after smoking “Spice,” a synthetic marijuana product he reportedly purchased at an area convenience store. Under the new law, synthetic marijuana, which had previously been sold legally, is now classified as a Schedule I controlled substance.

The purpose of the workshop, according to Justin Goforth, a Dalton State senior and President of the Lambda Alpha Epsilon criminal justice fraternity, “is to raise public awareness and concern about the dangers of synthetic designer drugs such as Spice, Herbal Incense, Bath Salts, Potpourri, and other similar compounds.”

In addition to the Burnetts, other panel members will include Dr. Richard Collison, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Dalton State; Dr. Ujwal Reddy, Medical Director of Highland Rivers Medical Clinic; Detective Chris Tucker of the FBI’s Conasauga Safe Streets Task Force; and School Resource Officer Michael Bowen of the Dalton Police Department.

The workshop will be held in Room 130 of Dalton State’s Gignilliat Memorial Hall. Anyone with questions is welcome to call 706-272-2985.

Dalton State, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720
706.272.4436 • 1.800.829.4436 • www.daltonstate.edu