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Indiana proposes law to make new synthetic drugs illegal

Current Indiana law makes it illegal to sell synthetic drugs that have banned substances in them. To crackdown on the increased use of synthetic drugs in the state, Indiana legislators have proposed a new law that would prohibit businesses from selling synthetic drugs commonly known as "bath salts."

Synthetic drugs have been banned in Indiana. However, law enforcement officials say that many synthetic drugs are being manufactured with new chemicals that are not illegal, so businesses are still able to sell them to the public.

The proposed bill would make it a crime to sell non-alcoholic substances that they know is intended to cause intoxication. Current state law only makes it illegal to sell substances that have chemicals that are already illegal to use.

The bill increases the punishment for businesses caught selling synthetic drugs and other banned substances. The bill would require the state to suspend a retailer's business license for a year if they are convicted of selling banned synthetic drugs.

State legislators said that the punishment fits the crime because businesses should know if the substances they are selling have illegal chemicals in them and if they are potentially dangerous to the public.

The proposed bill is currently waiting for Senate approval.

If the bill is approved and signed into law, police may be arresting and charging more business owners and individuals suspected of selling newly defined illegal synthetic drugs.

Being charged with possession or distribution of synthetic drugs is a very serious charge. Individuals or business owners who are facing these charges should consult a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Obtaining legal representation can help protect a person's rights during interrogation and throughout the criminal case.

Source: ABC 7, "Indiana bill targeting 'bath salts' would ban any intoxicant but booze," Jan. 29, 2013

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