Statewide synthetic drug ban proposed

Some say kids are just as easily buying potpourri from their convenience stores like they would buy a pack of gum.

“In Bowling Green, one hit of 7H, a potpourri smoked as marijuana, leaves a girl paralyzed and non-responsive,” said Rep. John Tilley, sponsor of HB 481.

Lawmakers and police say what’s marketed as legal items should be far from it.

“We looked at the law. We said we have a problem. We can’t keep up. We can’t keep up with the chemists,” said Franklin Co. Attorney Rick Sparks.

Police say a common challenge they’ve faced is once they raided a store suspected of selling the drugs…is that those drugs come back clean from the crime lab. The sponsor says this bill will change that roadblock.

Police say store owners will no longer be able to skirt the law by selling items with a difference chemical makeup.

“The bill will change by chemical name to scheduling by chemical structure,” said Lt. Col. Brad Bates with Kentucky State Police.

“These business owners who would peddle these poisons to our children are not chamber members. Understand they are selling deadly substances…no one should have sympathy for what they are doing now,” said Rep. Tilley, D-Hopkinsville.

If made law, stores that are caught selling the synthetic drugs could face steep fines, forfeiture and possibly loss of their liquor licenses.

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