Monday, August 6, 2012
State Adds Another Law Against Synthetic Pot, "Legal" Coke
“We have found that drug makers lure people into using these drugs by disguising them in misleading packages and passing them off as legal products," said Attorney General Lisa Madigan. “This new law ends the game of catch up and cracks down on retail sales by classifying as illegal any chemical that’s sold to be taken as a drug, regardless of what it’s called or how it’s labeled.”
The legislation became effective with the Governor’s signature Tuesday, the same day LITH PD arrested a local retailer for possessing synthetic marijuana. The actual bust was back in May, though, so the new law wouldn't apply. The new legislation also covers pseudo meth and cocaine, too.
Madigan's office said the rise in the use of synthetic drugs can be seen in the dramatic increase in calls to Poison Control Centers about synthetic marijuana and “bath salts,” another type of synthetic drug that contains chemical compounds that mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine. In 2010, Poison Control Centers nationwide received 2,915 calls related to synthetic marijuana use. That figure jumped to 6,890 calls in 2011. Reports concerning bath salts were made 303 times to Poison Control Centers in 2010. A year later, the centers received 6,072 calls about bath salts.