Synthetic Marijuana to be Made Illegal in Indiana

Lawmakers have a new target, and that is synthetic marijuana. Commonly sold by different names such as Spice and K2, synthetic marijuana may be considered illegal after Indiana’s Senate Bill No. 57 gets the signature of Gov. Mitch Daniels. Many are saying that would happen as early as April this year.

spiceUnder Senate Bill No. 57, possession or selling Spice-related products would be equivalent to possession or selling marijuana. The primary bill author is Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, who said “wherever marijuana is listed, we put this (synthetic marijuana) right next to it.”

Just a few days ago, the bill was unanimously passed in the Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters. State Sen. Patricia Miller, R. Ind., one of the authors of the bill, thinks it will have no trouble passing in the Senate.

Last August, the sale of synthetic marijuana in Morgan County has been banned by virtue of a county ordinance. However, since the ban is not statewide, offenders cannot be brought to jail or issued a criminal record for violations. Also, the law says it is illegal to market, deliver and manufacture in Morgan County, making the ban limited and directed more towards sellers than users. A fine has been set for violators, though, which is currently at a maximum of $2,500 for the first offense and $7,500 for subsequent offenses.

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