Bill adds more ‘spice’ to state’s controlled substance definition

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that adds more chemical ingredients of ‘spice’ to the state’s definition of controlled substances.
The bill’s Senate sponsor, Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, said “This tightens up the spice bill one more time and I predict well be back next year adding some more.”
It passed on second reading in the Senate this morning.
HB245, sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, moved to a final reading in the House.
Thursday afternoon, the Senate passed a bill to change the regulation of “tobacco” shops that sell other “specialty” items. Some of these businesses sold “spice” and so-called “bath salts” before the sale, possession and use of the chemicals were prohibited.
HB95, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, sets up a specialty license for “retail tobacco specialty businesses,” a designation requested by cities so they better regulate these shops through zoning. The bill includes criminal background checks for owners.

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