Bill to help get synthetic drugs off shelves signed by governor

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Bill to help get synthetic drugs off shelves signed by governor

LANSING— Legislation that establishes a system to ban dangerous new synthetic drugs in Michigan faster was signed into law on Tuesday, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones.

“This poison has been on store shelves for far too long, and it is time everyone realizes the immediate dangers of synthetic drugs,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. Many people who use synthetic drugs view them as a legal alternative to marijuana and other drugs.  However, these drugs are far more toxic and have already taken the  lives of Michigan citizens. I urge anyone with children or grandchildren to talk with them about the long term negative consequences and side effects of synthetic drugs.”

The Jones legislation signed by the governor on Tuesday allows the DCH director to contact the Michigan Board of Pharmacy if a substance is causing imminent danger. The board would then be required to hold a public hearing within 10 days to determine if the substance should be listed as a controlled substance.

The police would be able to stop sales immediately. The board could then give the Legislature up to a year, if necessary, to codify its decision into law.

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