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Lawmakers Cracking Down On Synthetic Marijuana
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The Idaho Senate approved a bill that would expand the state's laws combating synthetic marijuana.
The bill is now headed to the house for a vote.
Synthetic marijuana also known as spice or haze is something Lieutenant Daniel Kennedy knows well.
Law enforcement believes the drug causes dangerous hallucinations.
"Depending on the chemical makeup of the compound, then that is illegal. It is illegal to sell, manufacture it, and poses it” said Lt. Daniel Kennedy, Jerome Sheriff’s Office.
Lawmakers want to add new formulas of the drugs to the state's list of banned drugs and substances.
"We're trying to stay ahead of those kinds of formulations the best we can. That means we put some laws in place that prohibit sale and distribution on those compounds,” said Rep. Stephen Hartgen.
The measure comes after lawmakers in 2010 outlawed a variety of chemicals in spice and haze.
"About a year ago there was a significant haze case in the Magic Valley and it kind of slowed things down. We're starting to see an upswing again simply because they're starting to refine the way they produce it and adding different chemicals to it and selling the products,” said Kennedy.
Many hope this bill will move forward to keep dangerous substances like these out of the hands of Idahoans.
We reached out to smoke shops in the Magic Valley, all of which say they no longer sell the drug.