Federal Lawmakers Push to Change Synthetic Drug Laws

By KBJR News 1

July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 6:57 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) Federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to make it easier to prosecute a synthetic drug dealer.

Many synthetic drugs are labeled "not for human consumption," despite their well-known use as a recreational drug, with dangerous side effects.

A bill, co-sponsored by Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, would make it easier to prove that synthetic drugs are intended for human consumption, therefore, making it easier to prosecute users and sellers.

“We list specific synthetic drugs on a list of illegal substances,” Senator Klobuchar said. “A lot of times what people do, is they just change the substances that are in the drugs, other than the ones that we have listed. And that's a problem."

The bi-partisan bill was also sponsored by federal lawmakers in South Carolina and California.

Jennifer Walch
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