Legislature Approves Ban on Synthetic Marijuana


By CBS 8 News

The Alabama House has given final approval to a bill that bans any substance that mimics marijuana or other illegal drugs.

 The Senate-passed bill by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur was approved by the House on a 99-0 vote and now goes to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley for his approval. 

The bill regulates synthetic marijuana and other substances, often called "spice." The synthetic drugs are created with chemical compounds that haven't been called controlled substances under state law.

 Supporters say the bill will help law enforcement officers stay ahead of drug makers who have been creating chemical compounds that are similar to marijuana.

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