Missouri lawmakers propose outlawing more synthetic drugs
Thursday, February 24, 2011 | 7:33 a.m. CST;
updated 11:13 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 24, 2011
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers are poised to make another run at outlawing some synthetic drugs.
Missouri was among more than a dozen states last year that banned a synthetic form of marijuana known as K2, which is a combination of dried herbs sprayed with chemicals. Before the law even took effect, alternatives were hitting the market that had made slight changes to the synthetic formula; these alternatives got around the new law.
Republican Rep. Ward Franz of West Plains is sponsoring legislation this year that would add more synthetic cannabinoids to the outlawed list. The bill also would outlaw a synthetic form of cocaine that is being sold as a bath salt in some Missouri stores.
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