Senate approves fines on popular synthetic drugs

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Updated: 8/25/2014 11:57 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill that would impose a fine of up to $250 for using or possessing certain synthetic drugs that are growing in popularity among teenagers.

Lawmakers on Monday passed SB1283 on a 29-0 vote. The bill targeting synthetic marijuana or stimulants known as "spice" and "bath salts" now heads to the governor.

It currently is illegal to sell the so-called designer drugs, but there is no law against use and possession.

Democratic Sen. Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton had proposed requiring drug treatment for the second possession and making it a misdemeanor for the third possession, but those provisions were removed.

If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the $250 infraction will begin Jan. 1, 2016.

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