Legislature Tightens Synthetic Drug Ban

Lawmakers approved a measure this session that makes it more difficult for convenience stores to sell synthetic drugs.

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Governor Mitch Daniels signed the law that tightens the restrictions on the sale of synthetic drugs.

Indiana‘s ban on synthetic drugs is stronger, after Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law a bill cracking down on drugs that have usually been available in convenience stores. The legislature passed a ban on the drugs known as spice, K2, bath salts and other names in 2011, but makers of the drugs changed their chemical formulas to get around the law.

State Senator Ron Alting says lawmakers put every formulation of synthetic drug they could think of into the law.

“We made the compounds and then I think we added, like, 61 compounds,” Alting says. “Most states, by the way, just to show you the difference when I talk about experience, most states are testifying that there are three to five major compounds.”

The legislature also added provisions to keep the drugs out of stores even if the producers try to use a formula that isn’t part of the law. It is now illegal to make a drug compound that is derived from existing illegal drugs, and if any suspected synthetic drugs are found in stores, law enforcement will have the power to seize them immediately.

Stores that sell synthetic drugs could lose their retail merchant certificate of business, effectively shutting them down for at least one year.

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