Green backs bill to close loophole on synthetic drugs

For Immediate Release                                                           
June 6, 2012                                                                       

Contact: Ryan Mitchell

Green backs bill to close loophole on synthetic drugs

LANSING, Mich. — In the last few weeks, news reports have cited synthetic drugs as possible factors in several disturbing incidents of violence and death. Consequently, the Michigan Senate recently passed legislation designed to address synthetic drugs.

“The measure will work to close loopholes and ensure that synthetic drugs are illegal in Michigan,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville. “I am in support of this bill because it effectively addresses the rising concern surrounding these synthetics.”

Senate Bill 1082 would update Michigan’s law that lists prohibited chemical compounds 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.

The measure was sponsored to target synthetic drugs that are similar to “K2” and “bath salts,” which were previously banned but have had their chemicals altered to escape the penalties.

“It is imperative that we give local law enforcement the tools they need to get these products off our streets as quickly as possible,” Green said. “We need to pass this proposed law in order to keep Michigan residents, especially our youth, safe.”

If signed into law, SB 1082 would update the list of schedule-1 controlled substances to include any synthetic chemical compound that mimics the effect of naturally occurring cannabinoids – which are found in cannabis, which is more commonly known as marijuana.

By classifying these synthetic drugs as schedule-1 substances, anyone caught possessing them would face a felony charge punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

Additionally, anyone caught using one of these controlled substances could be found guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of $1,000.

Individuals who manufacture, create, deliver or possess with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance would be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years and a fine of up to $10,000.

SB 1082 is now being considered in the House of Representatives.