State Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. today introduced legislation to ban synthetically produced drugs. These drugs are designed to mimic the effects of other drugs.
Specifically, this legislation would add Salvia Divinorum, Salvinorin A, Divinorin A, synthetic marijuana, and synthetic cocaine/heroin, more commonly referred to as concentrated bath salts, to the list of Schedule I controlled substances.
“I have heard from law enforcement officials around the Commonwealth about the dangers associated with these drugs. I think this is a proactive, common-sense step to protect our communities,” Vogel said. “We need to get these synthetic drugs off the streets, and make sure everyone understands these are very serious drugs. We can’t afford to take them lightly.”
The chemicals found within these drugs are very powerful and can have life threatening consequences for users and those around them. Salvia Divinorum has been shown to be a powerful hallucinogen. Bath salts and synthetic marijuana mimic the effects of powerful drugs and many of these drugs are available over the internet or from local shops. This legislation would treat these substances the same as other Schedule I Controlled Substances and would carry the same penalties as other non-narcotic Schedule I offenses.
“Drugs have destroyed families and communities throughout the country. It’s important that we recognize and deal with this new generation of synthetic drugs before their use becomes more widespread,” Vogel added.
CONTACT: Joe Weidner