Bill aims to update state synthetic drug ban list

Bill aims to update state synthetic drug ban list

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 2 at 6:37 PM

BOISE -- Idaho lawmakers are looking to add two more synthetic versions of marijuana to the state's list of banned substances.

The Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee voted unanimously Friday to introduce legislation to ban two new versions of the synthetic marijuana known on the street as "spice." The new formulas have recently been identified by the state forensics lab.

In 2010, Idaho legislators took steps to permanently outlaw chemicals that mimic the effects of cannabis and new products that contain organic leaves coated with those chemicals that provide a marijuana-like high when smoked. The crackdown also came amid increasing reports of bad health reactions to the products, including seizures, hallucinations and dependency.

Idaho Office of Drug Policy Director Elisha Figueroa said the new legislation would simply update the state's list.

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