May 30, 2012

Bill approved banning sale of synthetic drugs

Posted Wednesday, May 30

After being held up in the U.S. Senate for months, a federal bill was passed last week that will prohibit the sale of synthetic drugs.

According to the New York Daily News, the bill was held up in the U.S. Senate by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul via filibuster, and it was New York Senator Charles Schumer who was able to get the bill passed by attaching it to a Food and Drug Administration bill.

The bill passed 96-1, which will prohibit the sale of synthetic drugs, known as “bath salts” or “herbal incense.”

Synthetic marijuana also goes by names such as K-2, Spice and Mr. Nice Guy. State governments around the nation have been continually banning the sale of such products, as synthetic drugs have been linked to panic attacks, elevated blood pressure, and hallucinations and even in some cases, death.

Schumer said he expects the ban to be headed to President Barack Obama by July 4 to sign into law.

“Let this be a warning to those who make a profit manufacturing and selling killer chemical components to our teens and children: the jig is up,” Schumer said, according to New York Daily News. “This bill closes loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to circumvent local and state bans and ensures that you cannot simply cross state lines to find these deadly synthetic drugs.”

Click here to read the full story in New York Daily News.

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