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Legislature Passes Updated Synthetic Marijuana Ban

Published On: Apr 19 2014 02:41:07 PM AKDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2014 02:48:50 PM AKDT
Wasilla Passes Law to Ban 'Spice' Drugs

The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill intended to ban the sale of synthetic marijuana statewide, based on new language which targets its packaging rather than its chemical components.

According to the office of Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage), Senate Bill 173 passed the chamber unanimously on a 20-0 vote Saturday afternoon.

Lawmakers had earlier tried to ban the chemicals in synthetic marijuana, sold under names such as “Spice,” “Zombie Killer” and “Twilight Zone.” The 2011 law was rapidly outflanked by manufacturers, however, who simply used different compounds in their products.

Earlier this month, the Wasilla City Council also passed a local law aimed at banning the sale of Spice, following pressure from locals who have lost loved ones to the drug.

The Legislature’s bill now goes to Gov. Sean Parnell for his signature.

Channel 2’s Adam Pinsker contributed information to this story.