The Iowa office of Drug Control Policy 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. Director Steve Lukan says most, but not all retailers, have stopped selling the synthetic marijuana and so-called “bath salts”.
“What we actually are looking to do is try to change the definition of dealer with the drug tax stamp law to include some of these establishments and also at the same time raise the dollar penalties that would be affixed for people who would deal in these and other illegal drugs,” explained Lukan.
Another measure makes it a Class “D” felony to carry one gram or more of such substances punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $7,500 fine.
Iowa Radio Network