Feds back Klobuchar's move to ban synthetic drugs

The Justice Department is throwing its support behind bills from Sen. Amy Klobuchar that would ban synthetic drugs such as "bath salts," which the senator says are dangerous but still available over store counters.
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The Justice Department is throwing its support behind bills from Sen. Amy Klobuchar that would ban synthetic drugs such as "bath salts," which the senator says are dangerous but still available over store counters.

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