Ban on sale of synthetic drugs signed into law

Lansing—Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation into law on Tuesday that would provide prosecutors and law enforcement officials with the tools necessary to address the growing issues surrounding the sale and use synthetic drugs, said sponsor Sen. Dave Hildenbrand.

Hildenbrand’s legislation signed by the governor today would update Michigan’s law that lists prohibited chemical cocktails typically used by synthetic drug manufacturers and further empowers local law enforcement to keep up with the ever-changing nature of these dangerous, addictive drugs.  This new law will take effect on July 1, 2012.

“This legislation will serve as a valuable tool in our efforts to get these dangerous drugs off our streets,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.  “Law enforcement agencies needed this legislation. It will ensure that they are able to be as effective and efficient as possible as they work to remove these drugs from the marketplace. The days of simply changing the chemical makeup of a drug and putting it back on the shelves are over, and this legislation makes that crystal clear.

“The target market for synthetic drug manufacturers is teenagers many of whom view synthetic drugs as a legal alternative to marijuana and other drugs. Anyone with children needs to talk with their kids about the dangers of synthetic drugs and explain the long-term negative effects they can have.”