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Panel advances tougher synthetic drugs bill

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Indiana lawmakers are advancing a bill that would make it illegal to possess or deal "lookalike" synthetic drugs similar to those known as "bath salts" and other nicknames.

The House Criminal Code Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a bill that would also give state agencies more power to suspend the licenses of businesses caught selling those drugs.

Supporters of the bill say the "lookalike" provision is needed because drug makers have simply made changes to the drug compounds to get around current laws that are based on specific chemical makeups.

Other provisions would expand the ability of prosecutors to file charges against those driving under the influence of synthetic drugs.

The bill approved by the Senate last month now goes to the full House for consideration.

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  • Because that has proven to be incredibly effective
    Not only is the basic concept of banning these to "protect children" completely flawed, but the language in this bill is terrible. How do you determine a "lookalike" drug? Is this saying that packaging cannot look like the previously banned drugs? What is to stop them from completely changing the packaging to look different? There is a drink called "Bob Marley's Mellow Mood" that I have seen in stores that has packaging that looks like drugs. It has those Rastafarian colors, so it must be drugs. Seriously, our legislators are idiots. People, especially teens, are going to do what they want, regardless of the legality. Pretty much everyone drank alcohol before they were 21. Most people smoked marijuana. The laws didn't stop us from doing those things, but they did create all these synthetic drugs that are obviously much more dangerous than marijuana. Kids have died from smoking Spice because it's easier to get than marijuana. I can't imagine a single person would prefer to smoke Spike over marijuana, yet we do everything we can to push them towards the more dangerous alternatives.

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