Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Starr County Org. Applauds Presidential Decision

President Obama signed into law new drug legislation that will permanently ban the deadly chemical compounds marketed and sold as bath salts and incense in the United States. 

“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 Sen. Charles Schumer, (D-N.Y.) the bill’s author.

“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.”

The new law’s unique force is that it prohibits not only the compounds currently identified as “bath salts,” but also outlaws similar compounds that may be produced in the future. In addition to the identified compounds, the law also prohibits other any synthetics that may have different chemical formulas but produce the same effects.

The law bans the active ingredients of bath salts, mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, by adding them to the Food and Drug Administration’s category of substances that cannot be sold under any circumstances and also cannot be prescribed for medical purposes.

The law enumerates 31 compounds that are explicitly banned, giving the precise chemical name of each. Twenty from the list are synthetic marijuana varieties, and 10 are bath salts.

While more than 30 states have banned various compounds in synthetic drugs, new ones are continually being created. Coalitions have been able to shut down retailers selling synthetic drugs, but had been challenged by the more popular online sales. The law outlaws sales of synthetic drugs by both retail stores and online retailers.

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