Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and two of her colleagues have introduced bipartisan legislation to help fight new synthetic drugs.
The bill would make it easier to prosecute the sale and distribution of new synthetic drugs that are substantially similar to current illegal drugs.
Current law makes it difficult to prosecute new synthetic drugs because they are often labeled "not intended for human consumption" and not marketed for human consumption despite their well-known use as recreational drugs with dangerous effects.
The senators' legislation would make it easier to prove that synthetic drugs are intended for human consumption and thus easier to prosecute.
This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act to require consideration of a number of factors when determining whether a controlled substance was intended for human consumption, including the marketing, advertising, and labeling of a substance, and its known use.