INDIANAPOLIS ? Indiana�retailers can expect a formal notice and warning from state and local officials that continued synthetic drug sales could cost them their business, according to the State Attorney General Office.
Beginning this week, Indiana retailers caught selling the fake drugs, known as ?bath salts? and ?spice,? will face penalties that include the loss of their retail merchant certificate of business for one year.
The Attorney General?s Office is also asking retailers to sign a ?Synthetic Drug Community Protection Agreement? to stop selling the illegal products and relinquish related inventory to the Drug Enforcement Administration. If the agreement is violated, the document will be used to establish the owner?s knowledge of and intent to violate applicable Indiana and federal law.
?In joining forces with the Indiana Attorney General, we are sending a message that we will not tolerate the distribution of such obviously dangerous drugs in our community,? said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry in a press release. ?We are determined to put an end to the sale of synthetic drugs, and we will pursue all available remedies at our disposal including criminal prosecution.?
In July, President Obama signed into law the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, which contains a provision that makes synthetic drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts controlled substance and therefore illegal to sell on store shelves.
As a result of the new federal law, sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana and bath salts is now classified by the federal government as the sale of controlled substances and is treated in a manner similar to the sale of cocaine, ecstasy and other illegal drugs.