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4:42 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Indiana Synthetic Drug Bill Wins House Passage

The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a bill aimed at cracking down on retailers who sell bath salts and other illegal synthetic drugs.

House sponsor Rep. Milo Smith says under the measure, shops caught selling the drugs could have their merchant licenses revoked and face additional penalties.

He says drug makers and sellers have been chemically altering or repackaging the drugs in an attempt to stay a step ahead of police and prosecutors.

"If they know they they’re selling a synthetic drug that has the effect of a synthetic drug, it’s a synthetic drug.     And this bill would eliminate and make it impossible for them to sell that and stay in business," he said. 

The measure, which has already passed the Senate, goes back to that chamber for consideration of some House amendments.