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Arizona lawmakers target synthetic marijuana drugs

PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers are looking to crack down on synthetic marijuana.

A Senate committee advanced two bills Monday that would make it harder for people to use or buy the drug commonly known as spice.

One bill would prohibit businesses with liquor licenses from selling spice. Another bill would expand the state’s definition of dangerous drugs and increase the minimum fine of selling or manufacturing dangerous drugs from $1,000 to $25,000.

Roughly 41 states have banned spice, including Arizona.

But law enforcement officials have said the law has had little impact because distributors of synthetic drugs can make minor chemical changes to try to stay ahead of the law.

Some of the effects reported when people smoke these substances include anxiety, vomiting, high blood pressure, seizures, hallucinations and non-responsiveness.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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