Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill to outlaw synthetic drugs

March 05, 2013

A House bill to outlaw the latest dangerous drug compounds continues to sail through the Arizona Legislature, earning unanimous approval Monday from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The bill aimed at putting a dent into synthetic drug compounds by banning the 'backbone' chemicals, even if they're changed a little later.  Kim McEachern is with the Prosecuting Attorney's Advisory Council, and believes this bill will make a big difference.

“Hopefully this approach then will allow us to keep these forms of chemicals off the shelves and out of the hands of our children,” McEachern said.

Opponents say the bill will financially burden shops in their effort to comply.  They also maintain it'll result in more crime because the synthetic drug market will be driven underground.