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New law bans synthetic marijuana; drop off your supply at nearest State Police post

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On Thursday, Governor Daniels signed into law a bill which immediately made a number of formerly legal but hazardous substances illegal to possess, transport, or sell in the State of Indiana.

To help retailers and private citizens dispose of these now illegal substances, the Indiana State Police is permitting folks to drop off any quantity of these substances at any ISP post, through Sunday, March 25.

“Our public safety commitment is to ensure a safe avenue for disposal of these products,” the ISP said. “We don’t want them simply thrown into dumpsters or otherwise discarded in a manner they could fall into the hands of young children.”

“Retailers and the public are cautioned this is not an amnesty period; these products are now illegal to possess,” the ISP added. “Retailers should already have these products removed from their shelves and safely secured until they can be properly disposed. Retail locations still selling these products are subject to losing their retail license for one year. Employees and customers purchasing these items can be arrested for violating this new law.”

Retail locations with large quantities of these now illegal substances and citizens who may have purchased these items prior to the change in the law are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity with the guarantee that “there is no concern about being arrested when these drugs are brought to the nearest state police post for proper disposal,” the ISP said.

ISP undercover officers may visit retail locations known to have sold items now illegal under the new law. These officers may make purchases of items suspected to be in violation of the law. If subsequent laboratory testing confirms the purchased item is an illegal substance the employee making the sale may be arrested and as stated earlier, the store location may have its retail license to sell revoked for one year.

This is a partial list of products that have been sold in retail shops in the past. Keep in mind there is no “truth in labeling” for these products and they may or may not contain illegal substances. The names of these substances and how they are packaged are subject to change at any time:

Brand names such as K2 or Spice or other product names such as Blaze, Blueberry Haze, Dank, Demon Passion Smoke, Genie, Hawaiian Hybrid, Magma, Mr. Nice Guy, Ninja, Nitro, Ono Budz, Panama Red Ball, Puff, Red X Dawn, Sativah Herbal Smoke, Sence, Skunk, Smoke, Ultra Chronic, Voodoo Spice, Yucatan Fire and Zohai.

Synthetic stimulants have been sold as bath salts under a variety of names, including Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Red Dove, White Dove, Blue Silk, Zoom, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Charge +, Ocean Snow, Lunar Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Lightening, Scarface, Snow Leopard, Tranquility, Eight Ballz, Hurricane Charlie, White Rush and Pure Ivory.

The chemicals marketed as plant food commonly have sold under the name Molly’s Plant Food, but other versions have been called Lil Butterfly and Yellow Jacket.

 

Posted 3/19/2012