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Florida House votes to revise ban on designer drug

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A bill that would revise the state's new ban on designer drugs commonly known as "bath salts" has cleared the Florida House.

Rep. Clay Ingram, a Pensacola Republican who is sponsoring the bill (HB 1175), said drug chemists changed the compound to get around a law enacted last year.

Ingram said the new version was on the streets about a month later. His bill also bans the new formula. It passed unanimously on Wednesday and goes to the Senate, where a similar measure (SB 1502) has cleared two committees but has two more to go.

Law enforcement officers say the drug also known as K2 or Spice has been sold at malls, head shops, and other retail outlets.

It causes hallucinations, seizures, aggression, increased blood pressure and kidney failure.

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