Senator Rand Paul Blocking Bills to Curb Use of Synthetic Drugs

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has been blocking Senate action on legislation to outlaw a host of synthetic drugs, which are growing in popularity and have been linked to illnesses and deaths. The Kentucky Senator has impeded bills that appear to have minimal opposition, and has faced bi-partisan criticism from his fellow Senators and Kentucky anti-drug officials, The Courier-Journal reports.

At issue are three bills targeting legally sold synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of marijuana, cocaine and other controlled substances, but are marketed as safe alternatives to their illegal counterparts. The contested legislation would make illegal the use, possession and sale of certain chemicals used in production of synthetic drugs.

Manufacturers of the substances import them into the United States labeled as, among other things, incense, bath salts, snow remover and plant food.

“It is time for the Senate to take action,” said Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee and a sponsor of one of the bills. “We cannot let the will of just one Senator obstruct the will of many.”

“One Senator shouldn’t be able to prevent a vote on something that 99 percent of Americans want, that directly affects their health and safety and the health and safety of their children,” said Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) sponsor of another bill aimed at synthetic drugs.

The Senate Judiciary Panel passed three measures by voice vote in July of last year, while the House of Representatives passed a companion bill in December on a bipartisan vote of 317-98.

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    toni Bush

    April 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    I am extremely concerned about synthetic drugs (that mimmick the illicit ones) being considered by the FDA for approval to be marketed to a medical community and prescribed to the general public. I believe this is where the problem lies. If a pharmeceutical company can get away with selling addictive harmful drugs via the FDA, they clearly will do so. (case in point: oxycodone/oxycontin) Where is the FDA on this?? I’m guessing in the back pocket of “big pharma”.

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    February 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    I’m having an urge to do a public records request on Senator Schumer’s claim that 99% of Americans want Congress to side step the rule of law to create law. That’s basically why Paul has made this move, anybody who has an hour to listen to the House debate of HR1254 would agree that the Representatives did not follow the rule of law, they did not allow public testimony besides the simple fact it’s up the the Secretary of DoH to make the DEA’s emergency banned compounds a scheduled substance, not Congress. The States have the individual authority to update their UCSA’s to align with Sec 803 of the USC and some can even make a temporary emergency ban to align w/ the DEA’s temporary ban. So why the political wagging by Congress? It helps their campaign substance to save the children, one of the biggest fallacies of sales pitch out there. This fallaciy is also being used to justify tax dollars to continue paying for bio-terrorism labs that have been proven for over a decade unnecessary.

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    February 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Do we his reasons to block the bill?

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    Fr. Jack Kearney

    February 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    As someone whose income derives from both funerals and addiction counseling I would like to publicly thank Senator Paul for his support.

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