A state agency is backing measures that would make carrying even small amounts of drug-like substances a felony and would target sellers who don't pay taxes.
Steven Lukan, director of the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy, noted Tuesday that one measure would focus on imitation drugs, such as synthetic cannabis and bath salts. The proposal would make it a Class D felony to carry 1 gram or more of such substances.
Class D felonies are punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $7,500 fine.
Lukan says another bill would increase the tax on marijuana and imitation drugs. Though not legal, sellers of marijuana still must pay taxes, though the Department of Revenue rarely presses charges against drug dealers.
Taxes also would be increased on imitation drugs.