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Charge dropped in arrest for breaking law that doesn't start until Tuesday

Colin McDowell (Courtesy Butler County Sheriff's Office) Colin McDowell (Courtesy Butler County Sheriff's Office)

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County man was arrested on Monday for breaking a new Ohio law.

The only problem is, the law doesn't go in effect until Tuesday.

Police arrested Colin J. McDowell, 18, of Virginia, for possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs and drug paraphernalia after officers found Salvia-D in a car in which McDowell was the passenger.

House Bill 215, which was signed by Gov. Ted Strickland on Jan. 6, 2009, prohibits the sale and possession of Salvia-D and Salvia-A. However, the law could not be acted up until 90 days after its signing.

After conferring with the Butler County Prosecutor's Office, it was found that enforcement of the law would not start until April 7.

McDowell's charge of posession of salvia is in the process of being withdrawn. However, he is still being charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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