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A statewide ban on the sale and possession of synthetic drugs is set to take effect Monday after Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan signs it into law.

The ban is one piece of a broader effort to combat the state's growing drug abuse problems. Reactions to synthetic drugs such as "spice" can be unpredictable. Hassan declared a state of emergency last summer after 40 Manchester residents had serious reactions to synthetic cannabinoid.

Confessions Of A Synthetic Marijuana Smoker

Jun 8, 2015

Last November, our newsroom got an email from a guy in Manchester who said he wanted to share his story of spice addiction. He said: “It was not long for the culture of Spice within the city to suck my soul into the black hole.”

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New Hampshire House has again voted to make fetal homicide a crime.

Lawmakers voted 193-159 on Wednesday to amend the Senate’s version, which applies the law to fetuses which have reached the stage of viability.  

Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House will consider a bill Wednesday that would ban the sale and possession of synthetic drugs.

The issue came to the forefront last year when Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency.

That was in response to a spate of nearly two dozen nonfatal overdoses in Manchester from people using a brand of spice, or synthetic marijuana.

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  A bill that would outlaw synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts received strong support as it was introduced to the Senate Commerce Committee.

The bill is cosponsored by more than half the state senate. Lead author, Democratic Senator Molly Kelly, told colleagues she wants to make it harder to buy the drugs without criminalizing the substances overnight.

“We know, and people do know, in our state, that heroin is dangerous. They know that many other drugs are dangerous. But the confusion is: people do not know that synthetic drugs are dangerous.”

Berlin City Council Bans Synthetic Marijuana

Jan 6, 2015

Berlin is the first place in the North Country to ban synthetic marijuana, sometimes called spice...

At a public hearing Monday night Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency said synthetic marijuana has become a serious problem in this city of 10,000 and "is really causing havoc here."

Father Andrew Nelson urged passage of the ordinance that would ban the possession or sale of “synthetic cannabinoids” that use any of a wide range of chemicals listed in the six-page ordinance.

Berlin Considers A Ban On Synthetic Marijuana

Dec 22, 2014
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Berlin will hold a public hearing  January 5 on a proposed ban of synthetic marijuana, sometimes called spice.

Berlin police chief Peter Morency is asking for the ban saying it is important not to wait for a federal ban on the substance.

“The problem with the federal government is we move too slowly,” Morency told the city council earlier this month.

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  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.

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 Manchester Police have reported the seizure of more 11 pounds of synthetic marijuana known commonly as spice from a Manchester tattoo parlor. The drugs sold as incense had a retail value of more than $25,000.

The search warrant was executed at two Spider Bite locations two weeks ago as part of a months-long, multi-agency investigation that began well before a spate of overdoses that occurred in the middle of August.

Sgt. Brian O’Keefe says the department kept the seizures close to the chest since the investigation is still ongoing.

New Hampshire lawmakers say they’re thinking outside the criminal code when it comes to the designer drug known as Spice and may consider consumer protection laws such as labeling requirements.

A study committee met for the second time Thursday to look into ways to create a statewide approach to banning the substance, which has proven to be a challenge through conventional legislation.

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  A newly formed committee to study ways to regulate and control the designer drug known as Spice held its first meeting Wednesday.

The committee was created by legislation signed in the last session. Senator Molly Kelly of Keene was the legislation’s author and is now the Chair of the study committee.

“There’ll be different components than just looking at the criminal law. We can look at even our consumer protection law on labeling.”

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  The three Manchester stores that were closed last week in the wake of the synthetic marijuana overdoses have been allowed to reopen. The stores have agreed not to sell any brand of so-called spice.

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Governor Maggie Hassan has declared a state of emergency in the wake of more than 40 synthetic marijuana overdose cases since Monday.

Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as spice, has been linked to a jump in overdoses in Manchester and Concord. The powers of Governor Hassan’s executive order to seize the drug sold ostensibly as incense in corner stores, applies only to the bubblegum-flavored variety of a brand called ‘Smacked!.’ Health Commissioner Nick Toumpas says other brands called ‘Green Giant’ and ‘Crazy Monkey’ may also be dangerous.