1:42 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Indiana Bill Takes Aim at Synthetic Drug Sales

An Indiana Senate committee has approved a bill that would crack down on retailers who sell synthetic drugs.

Lawmakers have previously outlawed substances such as synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice or K2, and bath salts, but Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis)  says some shops are still selling them.

"If it walks like a skunk, and it smells like a skunk and it looks like a skunk, it’s a skunk.   And what we have on retail counters today are skunks," Merritt said. 

Police say the makers of the synthetic drugs are trying to get around the law by slightly altering their chemical makeup.    Merritt’s bill would allow officials to adopt an emergency rule in response to such changes.

Retailers caught selling the drugs could have their merchant certificate revoked and face other penalties.

The measure passed the Indiana Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee by a 6-3 vote.