Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's office said progress was being made on bills in his legislative package, including bills about synthetic drugs and metal theft.
Strange said he is pleased with the quick action taken by both the House and the Senate on legislation to ban synthetic drugs. House Bill 158 and its companion, Senate Bill 208 are often referred to as the "spice" bill.
Although the Senate and House each has approved its own "spice" bill, one version will have to be approved by both the Senate and the House before its final approval is achieved.
"This legislation is vital for public health and safety," said Attorney General Strange. "When easy availability over store counters was endangering the people of Alabama, we took action with the State Department of Public Health to regulate and fight these dangerous substances."
AG Strange said it was time to give officers better tools to combat the threat and to provide strong penalties for offenders.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Attorney General's Press Office
HB 158 & SB 208 regulates synthetic marijuana and other similar substances. Synthetic substances that mimic marijuana or other drugs, often referred to as "spice," "bath salts" or various other names,