Obama Signs Synthetic Drug Ban Bill

President Barack Obama Monday signed into law a bill banning the synthetic drugs known popularly as “bath salts” and “fake weed.” The language barring the substances was inserted into the Food and Drug Administration safety bill passed last month by the Congress.

The bill targets 31 specific synthetic stimulant, cannabinoid, and hallucinogenic compounds. Marketed under brand names like K2 and Spice for synthetic cannabinoids and under names like Ivory Wave, among others, for synthetic stimulants, the drugs have become increasingly popular in recent years.

With their rising popularity came rising reports of emergency room visits and poison control center calls attributed to the drugs. Synthetic cannabinoids have been linked to symptoms similar to those suffered by people who sought medical help after smoking marijuana, while the adverse reactions reported by “bath salts” users have been more serious.

More than half the states and numerous localities have moved to ban some of these new synthetics, and the DEA placed both groups of substances under an emergency ban until Congress acted.

Congressional advocates of the prohibitionist approach to new synthetics were pleased.

“President Obama’s swift approval of this federal ban is the final nail in the coffin for the legal sale of bath salts in smoke shops and convenient stores in New York State and throughout the rest of the country,” said Schumer in a press release (which also includes a complete list of the 31 banned substances). “This law will close loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to circumvent local and state bans and ensure that you cannot simply cross state lines to find these deadly bath salts, and I’m pleased that after a great deal of effort, it has become law. We have seen bath salts catalyze some of the most heinous crimes in recent months across Upstate New York, and the President’s signature ensures that the federal government can fight this scourge with a united front, across state lines and at our borders.”

Schumer used the occasion to take a jab at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who had placed a senatorial hold on the bill, blocking it for months over his concerns about mandatory minimum sentences before removing the hold after the bill’s sentencing structure was modified. Schumer gloated that Congress passed the bill “over the strenuous objections” of Paul.

– Read the Entire Article at Stop the Drug War.

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4 Comments

  1. Gunghoe on

    this did not even scratch the surface this battle is going to be huge, and a loss for the government there is now Fake pot with out cannabinoids and there is many still sold that are not covered in this bill they are way to hasty and they are waisting their time, lets get this BS Pres out of the states because he a a horrible leader and is a Faulty guy, He is a president, and the biggest hypocrite i have ever seen such a role model i want my kids to look up to him. He needs to figure out even a person that smoked did coke and all the things he did when he was in college does not effect every one negatively like himself. And the people that vote for him had all their hopes broken. He is the worst president in the US’s history.

    he needs to sign less laws and keep the government the way it is at least. he needs to go back like 20 years in the constitution. and 80 years for the drug laws.

    People the fight for the government is now vote to legalize in states that have it in their ballot.

    At least the state i live in has decriminalized pieces to a minor mistomenor like it decriminalized pot. now next all we need to do is legalize, and treat pot like wine and the pieces like wine glasses.

  2. Gunghoe on

    this did not even scratch the surface this battle is going to be huge, and a loss for the government there is now Fake pot with out cannabinoids and there is many still sold that are not covered in this bill they are way to hasty and they are waisting their time, lets get this BS Pres out of the states because he a a horrible leader and is a Faulty guy, He is a president, and the biggest hypocrite i have ever seen such a role model i want my kids to look up to him. He needs to figure out even a person that smoked did coke and all the things he did when he was in college does not effect every one negatively like himself. And the people that vote for him had all their hopes broken. He is the worst president in the US’s history.

    he needs to sign less laws and keep the government the way it is at least. he needs to go back like 20 years in the constitution. and 80 years for the drug laws.

    People the fight for the government is now vote to legalize in states that have it in their ballot.

    At least the state i live in has decriminalized pieces to a minor mistomenor like it decriminalized pot. now next all we need to do is legalize, and treat pot like wine and the pieces like wine glasses.

  3. Anonymous on

    Finally. These chemicals are FAR WORSE than any real weed, coke , etc.
    Allowed to be sold anywhere . I used to think government protected us. After all this am not so sure.
    Leave the real mj users alone. get this crap OUT.

  4. Anonymous on

    To be perfectly honest, I’m looking forward to the next drug chemists come up with to circumvent this law too. Maybe they’ll make something truly exciting, synth cannaboids were nice, so the hallucingenics they’ve been producing. Who knows, maybe we’ll get some more ketamine like chems with methoxetime, or we’ll get some psychs, who knows.