FRANKFORT, KY (12/8/11) - U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today supported a bill, H.R. 1254, the Synthetic Drug Control Act, which passed the House with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 317-98.
“Across the country, we have seen a rise in the abuse of substances that imitate the effects of marijuana and other illegal drugs resulting in tragic, and in many cases, avoidable consequences,” said Whitfield. “While these items are sometimes sold legally, they have the same dangers as illegal drugs. This bill would close a loophole that allows for the sale of synthetic drugs while also offering law enforcement officers the tools they need to stop their spread.”
H.R. 1254, introduced by Rep. Charles Dent (PA) was drafted in close consultation with federal law enforcement officials and has three principle components: prohibition of synthetic cannabinoids (compounds used to mimic the effect of marijuana); prohibition of other designer drugs such as bath salts; and enhancement of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) existing authority to take dangerous new substances off the street.
The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration.
Information provided by Robert Sumner
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