A bill that would ban the possession and sale of synthetic cannabinoids, such as products known as Spice and K2, passed unanimously from a state Senate committee this morning.
Senate Bill 57, sponsored by Lafayette Republican Ron Alting, was given the green light by the committee on corrections, criminal and civil matters. It will now move on for consideration by the full Senate.
Tippecanoe County Sheriff Tracy Brown and Lafayette Police Officer Matt Devine testified in support of the measure.
Brown told committee members about the problems seen here by local police and medical personnel from people using the marijuana substitute, which is more potent and not meant for human consumption.
Similar bans on these products were approved last fall by officials in Tippecanoe County and the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette.
For more on this story, read Thursday's Journal & Courier.