[R59] Indiana Legislators Urge Congress to Pass Federal Ban on Synthetic Drugs (4/19/2012)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Start Date: 4/19/2012 All Day
End Date: 4/19/2012
Indiana Legislators Urge Congress to
Pass Federal Ban on Synthetic Drugs

STATEHOUSE– State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) and Senators Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) on Tuesday wrote to U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) urging him to end his block of legislation banning synthetic drugs and allow it to be heard in the U.S. Senate.

“Many states have responded by banning chemicals found in synthetic drugs, but manufacturers will remain one step ahead of the varying state laws until we have one federal ban that applies to all states,” said Rep. Smith. “This is a very real problem in communities across the country and it needs to be addressed now.”

During the 2012 legislative session, Indiana lawmakers updated the state’s original bill banning bath salts to include more than 60 chemical compounds to the list of illegal substances. Additionally the General Assembly approved an initiative to punish retailers who sell synthetic drugs by revoking their merchant certificate of business for one year.

According to a recent USA Today article, 34 states have passed laws banning these substances and others have considered banning these drugs as well.

“I am amazed that so many other state legislatures have also noticed this problem — yet the bill is being stalled in the U.S Senate,” said Sen Alting. “It’s a common sense law that will help protect all Americans from these deadly drugs.”

“Synthetic drug use is a growing epidemic that is spreading across our nation taking the lives of many of our young people,” said Sen. Merritt. “The time is now for Congress to take action on the federal level to outlaw the possession, sale and distribution of these lethal drugs.”