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Banning Synthetic Drugs: MD Looks At Broader Definition In Law

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland lawmakers are looking to fix up a loophole in current drug laws.

According to Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R-Dist. 37B), the law reads as banning specific ingredients in certain synthetic drugs, like bath salts,  which worries local leaders.

Haddaway-Riccio says that one of her bills, HB1202, would broaden the definition, making it illegal to "possess and distribute" these drugs that are similar to the chemical compound of an already illegal substance.

"This becomes more significant with the rise in heroin use," said Haddaway-Riccio. "These drugs are very hard to predict. You really don't know what they've been made with."

The current bill passed in the House and currently sits in a Senate Committee.

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