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4:41 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Aromatherapy Group Challenging New Indiana 'Lookalike' Drug Law

A trade group says Indiana’s efforts to curb "lookalike" drugs have gone too far.

The National Association of Aromatherapy Product Producers and Vendors filed suit in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis on Wednesday seeking to block the measure that lawmakers passed last month.

The law bans the sale of items similar to other banned drugs. It expands on previous laws banning the sale of bath salts and synthetic drugs like Spice, which mimic other controlled substances. The plaintiffs say the law was written too vaguely and allows for the confiscation of legal products.

Trade group spokesman Evan McMahon said at least three Indiana convenience stores have already had herbal incense confiscated by police in the few weeks since the law took effect.

Backers of the legislation say it was needed to crack down on manufacturers who would slightly alter the chemical makeup of a substance in order to skirt the state’s synthetic drug law.