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Bill aims to tighten Indiana laws against 'bath salts'

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 5:02 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana legislators are again trying to toughen state laws that prohibit businesses from selling synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" and other nicknames.

The state Senate's Criminal Law Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would make it a crime to sell a non-alcoholic substance knowing that it is intended to cause intoxication. Current law depends on the chemical makeup of the drug having been ruled illegal.

The bill would also require the state to suspend the business license for a year of any retailer caught selling synthetic drugs or look-alikes. Bill sponsor Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis says businesses should know whether the substances they're selling are legitimate.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.