Hildenbrand ban on sale of synthetic drugs clears Legislature, heads to Governor

Hildenbrand ban on sale synthetic drugs clears Legislature, heads to Governor

Lansing— The Legislature completed its work on and sent to the Governor’s office legislation that would provide prosecutors and law enforcement officials with the tools necessary to address the growing issues surrounding synthetic drugs, said sponsor Sen. Dave Hildenbrand.

Senate Bill 1082 would update Michigan’s law that lists prohibited chemical cocktails typically used by synthetic drug manufacturers and further empower local law enforcement to keep up with the ever-changing nature of these dangerous, addictive drugs.  This new law would take effect on July 1, 2012.

“Synthetic drugs continue to be a problem in communities across Michigan,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.  “Despite continued efforts to educate the public on the dangers of these drugs, more and more people are seeking what they view as a legal alternative to marijuana and other drugs. However, synthetic drugs are just as dangerous, if not more toxic, than the ones they attempt to mimic.”

Current state law makes it a 90-day misdemeanor to possess or use certain synthetic drugs. This law was enacted after problems were first reported with products such as “K-2” and “Spice,” which contained dried herbs sprayed with a chemical that created a high similar to marijuana. However, because synthetic drug manufacturers want to continue to sell their dangerous products, they simply change the chemical makeup of their compounds in order to skirt the state law.

“It is time to send a firm message to synthetic drug manufactures, that their games will no longer be tolerated,” Hildenbrand said. “This legislation gives local law enforcement the tools necessary to help get synthetic drugs of the shelves. However, they cannot do it alone.  I urge anyone with children or grandchildren to talk with them about the dangers of synthetic drugs. I will continue to work with local prosecutors, judges and law enforcement to make synthetic drugs a thing of the past.”