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Clark County

March 19, 2012

Retailers have opportunity to dispose of synthetic drugs

K2, Spice and bath salts are some of the substances in question

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law House enrolled act No. 1196, which immediately made a number of formerly legal but hazardous substances illegal to possess, transport or sell in Indiana.

To provide a method for retailers and residents to dispose of these now illegal substances all Indiana State Police Posts across Indiana will permit any quantity of these substances to be dropped off at any state police post through Sunday, March 25. The ISP wants to provide a safe place for disposal of the products.

Retailers and the public are cautioned this is not an amnesty period; these products are now illegal to possess. Retailers should already have these products removed from their shelves and safely secured until they can be properly disposed. Retail locations still selling these products are subject to losing their retail license for one year. Employees and customers purchasing these items can be arrested for violating this new law.

Retail locations with large quantities of these now illegal substances and residents who may have purchased these items prior to the change in the law are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity with the guarantee there is no concern about being arrested when these drugs are brought to the nearest state police post for proper disposal. The local ISP post is in Sellersburg at Exit 9 off of Interstate 65 — directly behind Ivy Tech Community College.

This is a partial list of products that have been sold in retail shops in the past. The names of these substances and how they are packaged are subject to change at any time. The list was provided courtesy of Drug Free Marion County. The list is not all inclusive and is meant as a reference: Brand names such as K2 or Spice or other product names such as Blaze, Blueberry Haze, Dank, Demon Passion Smoke, Genie, Hawaiian Hybrid, Magma, Mr. Nice Guy, Ninja, Nitro, Ono Budz, Panama Red Ball, Puff, Red X Dawn, Sativah Herbal Smoke, Sence, Skunk, Smoke, Ultra Chronic, Voodoo Spice, Yucatan Fire and Zohai.

Synthetic stimulants have been sold as bath salts under a variety of names, including Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Red Dove, White Dove, Blue Silk, Zoom, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Charge +, Ocean Snow, Lunar Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Lightening, Scarface, Snow Leopard, Tranquility, Eight Ballz, Hurricane Charlie, White Rush and Pure Ivory.  The chemicals marketed as plant food commonly have sold under the name Molly's Plant Food, but other versions have been called Lil Butterfly and Yellow Jacket.

Undercover officers of the Indiana State Police may visit retail locations known to have sold items now illegal under the new law. These officers may make purchases of items suspected to be in violation of the law. If subsequent laboratory testing confirms the purchased item is an illegal substance the employee making the sale may be arrested and as stated earlier, the store location may have their retail license to sell revoked for one year.

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