The synthetic drug bust in Jerseyville late last month may not result in any charges. Officials working "Operation Smoked Out" performed a raid at Brockman Wholesale Tobacco and Candy in Jerseyville that allegedly took over $100,000 worth of synthetic marijuana and bath salts off the streets, and that appears to have been the main objective.
It is sometimes tricky to get charges to stick, as Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the drug makers are good at staying a step ahead of the current laws.
Illinois has banned certain chemical combinations that create drugs like Spice and K-2 but manufacturers have found ways to skirt the law. Now Madigan is backing legislation that will clarify the definition of what a synthetic drug is, address the fact that the drugs are being marketed to youth, and stiffen the penalties for anyone caught selling the drugs.