The N.C. House voted unanimously early Thursday morning to add more recreational drugs to the state’s list of illegal substances – an effort to keep pace with drug users who are finding new ways to get high.
House Bill 341 addresses drug compounds known as NBOMe (or N-Bombs) – powerful hallucinogens similar to LSD.
“NBOMe is just another example of what these people will do to circumvent the law,” said Rep. Craig Horn, a Union County Republican and co-sponsor of the bill.
The bill sponsors worked closely with the State Crime Lab to develop chemical definitions of the drug. Another co-sponsor, Rep. Darren Jackson of Knightdale, said he’s comfortable with the costs associated with more drug convictions.
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“If it takes $20,000 a year to imprison a drug dealer to keep them from killing our kids, I don’t have a problem with it,” Jackson said.
The bill also would strengthen drug laws to include bath salts and synthetic marijuana products. It now heads to the Senate.