Indiana lawmakers to take up proposed ban on spice

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Indianapolis - State lawmakers are set to take up proposals that would ban synthetic marijuana substitutes known as K2 or Spice.

Republican Sen. Ron Alting of Lafayette says the sale and use of such products is a growing problem that needs a statewide solution. He says he'll introduce legislation in the 2011 session beginning in January to outlaw the products.

Democratic Rep. John Barnes of Indianapolis also hopes to sponsor a bill banning spice.

The mixture of herbs and spices is sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The products are illegal in several states but not Indiana. Several Indiana municipalities are considering or have passed similar laws.

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