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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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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

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  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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