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Local stores still sell banned synthetic marijuana

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Updated: 5/09/2013 11:40 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An Action News investigation is revealing local stores are still selling synthetic marijuana, even though it has been banned by the state.

One man we talked to says he bought the drug at a local store several days ago. Michael Smith says he was addicted to synthetic marijuana for two years.

"There's nothing good about it," he said.

That's why he was mad he was still able to buy it on store shelves, even after it was banned by the Attorney General's Office. "This almost cost me my wife, life and family. They're still selling it and they know it," said Smith.

Action News did some digging and found there are loopholes in the new laws. The problem is dozens of compounds are already illegal, but many times there are no ingredients listed on the package.

JSO spokesman Shannon Hartley says manufacturers change the ingredients on a regular basis to skirt the law.

"There are challenges sometimes as products evolve and they avoid putting ingredients on there. It's a concern," said Hartley.

We took that problem to State Sen. Rob Bradley, who worked on recent legislation.

"It's a challenge. When they see the substance packaged, they have probable cause," said Bradley.

Investigators say it takes months to test all the new compounds that manufacturers come up with. JSO says it regularly polices areas to crack down on those selling synthetic marijuana.

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