Thursday, April 4, 2013

AZ Gov. Jan Brewer signs new "Spice" ban



Arizona gets a new tool to fight against dangerous synthetic drugs in the form of a new law signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

A year after President Barack Obama signed a federal law banning synthetic drugs, Arizona officials strengthen their currently flawed law on such drugs as Spice, K2 and other known synthetic substances.

Brewer announced Wednesday that she is backing the legislation that would expand the state's definition of dangerous drugs, and law enforcement officials are relieved.

The law will also increase the minimum fine of selling or manufacturing dangerous drugs from $1,000 to $25,000. Law enforcement officials say the current law has very little impact on the distribution of Spice and similar chemical substances, because the small fine is worth the business, and minor chemical changes can be made to stay ahead of the law.

The law includes chemical configurations that make up synthetic drugs to the states current definition of dangerous drugs, making it harder for distributors to sell these substances without facing serious charges.

Synthetic marijuana alone still continues to claim lives, which brings to question current laws against real cannabis and it's safe history.

David Joseph

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