Traditional models of state and local drug legislation will not work with synthetic drugs.
As fast as synthetic drug legislation is enacted, unscrupulous scientists are able to continue to provide retailers with “legal” products by developing/synthesizing new synthetic cannabinoid compounds that are not covered under state/Federal regulatory, administrative or statutory actions.
The ‘good guys’ have been dealing with the frustrations of ineffective legislation while trying to figure out how to protect American citizens from the greedy sociopaths who have found a new way to get rich by marketing these dangerous poisons to our youth.
“At his best, man is the nobelest of all animals. Separated from law and justice, he is the worst.” Aristotle
However, there is an answer to the legislative challenges that face our law makers.
Before we tell the tale, can we just give a HUGE kudos to Cara Smith, former Chief of Staff for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, for being a forward thinking leader with regard to our war against the synthetic drugs.
Lisa Madigan led the charge in Illinois’ war against synthetic drug dealers and manufacturers. Her office developed a battle plan that involved several state agencies, including the Illinois Poison Center.
However, it was Smith that spent many sleepless nights contemplating the challenges of legislating the synthetic drug industry. Her passion for this problem has netted us the solution. The good people of Illinois owe Cara Smith a huge debt of gratitude.
In the late part of 2011 and early 2012, Madigan and Smith, with assistance from Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske, drafted legislation which went into effect in July of 2012. We believe this legislation to be the first truly effective synthetic drug legislation in the country.
Illinois House Bill 5233 effectively amends the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and sets forth a definition for synthetic drug products. The legislation targets the retail sale of synthetic drugs by defining a “synthetic drug product” as one that contains a controlled substance not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The amendment ends the game of catch up and cracks down on retail sales by classifying
as illegal any chemical sold to be taken as a drug, regardless of what it’s called or how it’s labeled.
The sociopathic drug dealers can take their “Not for Human Consumption” stamps and throw them in the garbage. Continue reading