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Arizona House passes anti-Spice bill on final read

PHOENIX — The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a bill that
would revoke the liquor license of any business found distributing the synthetic
marijuana product known as Spice.

The GOP-led House voted unanimously for the measure that prohibits businesses
with liquor licenses from selling or possessing synthetic cannabinoids.

Roughly 41 states have banned Spice, including Arizona. But law enforcement
officials say the bans are difficult to enforce because distributors of
synthetic drugs can make minor chemical changes to try to stay ahead of the law.

The Republican-led Senate passed Senate Bill 1345 in March in a 27-1 vote.

Last year, President Barack Obama signed a federal law banning synthetic
marijuana and other such drugs. The ban placed 26 substances in the federal list
of Schedule 1 controlled dangerous substances.


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