Lawmakers hope to catch up with chemists who are getting around the state's spice and bath salt ban by creating similar products with different components not listed in the law.
Legislators proposed new chemical versions of spice and bath salts for inclusion on the state list of controlled substances during an interim Health and Human Services committee meeting Wednesday. The committee unanimously approved a proposal to add those spice and bath salt analogs during the upcoming 2013 general session.
Spice and bath salts first became illegal in Utah two years ago. But drug producers are devising new formulas for similar products with components not identified on the list, and adding those new components to the law is becoming an annual tradition on the hill.