West Virginia lawmakers are advancing proposals they hope will keep the state one step ahead of the latest versions of illicit drugs.
The House and Senate each unanimously passed bills Wednesday that target synthetic drugs designed to mimic the effects of marijuana and cocaine.
These drugs sport such street names as K2, Spice and bath salts. The measures would add several specific chemical compounds to the state's list of controlled substances.
But the legislation also allows the state Board of Pharmacy to identify and designate substances that are merely variations or derivatives of a known controlled substance.
Supporters say the measures are a proactive response to the new forms of narcotics that emerge from the illicit drug market.
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