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May 6, 2015 5:22 PM

Landrigan: Synthetic drug ban bill clears key hurdle in NH House


CONCORD - "We have to draw a line in the sand," said State Rep. Len DiSesa, D-Dover. "Our children are dying.’’

And with that, the N.H. House approves a sweeping ban on selling synthetic drugs.

A key supporter admits the challenge is to outlaw a chemical mixture that can easily changed.

"Some would tell you that trying to control these synthetics is like playing whack a mole,’’ said Rep. John Martin, R-Bow.

Critics question how can law enforcement stay on top of the latest rage.

"A backyard chemist can create millions of compounds that will take place of the banned substances faster than they will be identified. How will this ever be enforced?’’ asked Rep. Ed Comeau, R-Brookfield.

And another opponent says the bill is too punitive and will push sales out of the convenience stores and smoke shops into the black market.

"This bill will only force the synthetic drug abuser underground,’’ said Rep. John Burt, R-Goffstown.

The overwhelming vote of 233-120 comes three weeks after federal prosecutors win convictions to shut down the 12 largest spice ring in the country.


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