Senator Vogel’s Bill to Ban Synthetic Drugs Passes Senate

“Bath Salts”, other drugs would be banned

State Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. announced today that Senate Bill 1006 unanimously passed the Senate. This legislation would ban synthetically produced drugs designed to mimic the effects of other drugs. The ban is supported by law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Association. Senate Bill 1006 now heads to the House of Representatives for their consideration.

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.

“These new synthetic drugs are very powerful and their use is growing throughout the Commonwealth. I think this legislation is a common sense approach to protecting our communities,” Senator Vogel said.

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.

“I hope we can get this bill to the governor’s desk very soon. It’s imperative that we be proactive to stop the spread of these dangerous drugs,” Vogel added.

CONTACT: Joe Weidner
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