Lawmakers to Review Senate Bill that would end the Sale, Manufacturing of Synthetic Drugs

Lawmakers are looking to end the manufacturing, distributing and use of synthetic drugs.

State Senator Jim Merritt has authored a proposal that would add more than 60 chemical compounds found in synthetic drugs like Spice and bath salts to the state’s list of illegal substances. He says his bill would also ban molecules similar in structure to those illegal compounds to prevent drug manfacturers from slightly changing ingredients and skirting laws in the future.

“In 2011, the General Assembly passed legislation outlawing the retail sale of synthetic drugs such as bath salts and K2 Spice,” said Merritt. “Immediately, the drug producers change the molecule in the drug and place them back on store shelves. Senate Bill 234 is comprehensive approach that proposes to close all loopholes and allows state government to be nimble in staying a step ahead of the drug producers.”