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BOISE -- Less than six months after Idaho temporarily outlawed chemicals used to make a synthetic marijuana called Spice, lawmakers are working to make the ban permanent.

State Rep. Richard Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, introduced a bill Tuesday that would add the chemicals to the list of controlled substances banned under state law.

The Idaho Board of Pharmacy in late September approved a temporary ban of the chemicals, which are used to make incense that some people smoke to get a marijuana-like high. The governor signed off on the new rule two weeks later, first giving retailers time to return or destroy their Spice inventories.

The temporary ban would last only until the end of the 2012 Idaho Legislature, where lawmakers will now decide whether to pass a law permanently banning the chemicals.

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