Oklahoma legislator seeks wider synthetic drug ban

Published: January 7, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state legislator from eastern Oklahoma is seeking to widen a ban on synthetic drugs by adding language from a law in neighboring Arkansas.

Sallisaw Republican Rep. John Bennett said in a news release Tuesday he introduced the bill after joining a local sheriff from his district in a joint law enforcement operation with officers from Arkansas.

Bennett says people from Arkansas were buying the drugs in Oklahoma and bringing them back home. His bill would broaden the range of banned synthetic drugs, which state drug agents say continue to be a major problem in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward says the products often are sold at convenience stores or head shops as potpourri or incense. Users smoke the product for a marijuana-like effect.



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