INDIANA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Governor Mitch Daniels signed a news bill into law Thursday strengthening the ban on synthetic drugs designed to mimic the effects of marijuana and cocaine.
In the bill more than 60 chemical compounds found in synthetic drugs like "Spice" and "Bath Salts" were immediately added to the state's list of illegal substances.
The updated law is an effort to prevent illicit drug manufacturers from slightly changing ingredients or using compounds of chemicals derived from existing illegal drugs in an attempt to skirt around the laws.
HEA 1196 also holds retailers accountable selling the synthetic drugs. Retailers that continue to sell synthetic marijuana and other banned synthetic drugs will be stripped of their retail merchant certificate of business, shutting them down for one year.
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