House passes legislation to ban synthetic drugs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The House has passed legislation aimed at
curbing abuse of synthetic drugs being sold over the counter and
online.

Democratic state Rep. John Tilley of Hopkinsville said the
dangerous substances have caused hallucinations, psychosis, even
death.

The House voted 96-0 for the bill Tuesday after hearing Tilley,
the sponsor, describe the harmful effects of synthetic drugs. In
one high-profile case, Tilley said a mother who had used the
substances in western Kentucky left her 2-year-old child on a
highway because she thought the toddler was demon-possessed.

The legislation would ban any substances intended to mimic
better-known drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine. People caught selling synthetic drugs could be sentenced to up to a year in jail.
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The legislation is House Bill 481.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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