Committee Working On Bill To Control Synthetic Drugs

Oct 7, 2014

Spice packets seized by Manchester police.
Credit Courtesy of MPD

  Lawmakers and law enforcement are still struggling to craft a policy that would control synthetic drugs in New Hampshire.

Lawmakers, the New Hampshire Department of Justice, health officials and law enforcement have been meeting for months in the hopes of coming up with language for a bill that could better protect communities from synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts.

Senator Molly Kelly of Keene, who chairs the special committee, says they are getting close.

“I think we’ve got a very good start on this legislation. We’re a little hung up on the penalty and I think we can put our heads together and work something out there.”

Kelly says educating the public on the dangers of these drugs is equally as important as prosecution.

Early ideas to use product labeling laws have since been dropped.

Bills on this topic could be introduced when lawmakers return to Concord.