Wisconsin Politicians Fight Synthetics

Over the last nine months, law­mak­ers have been putting together a bill to help close loop­holes they say syn­thetic drug mak­ers have been using. The syn­thetic drug mak­ers are avoid­ing pros­e­cu­tion by chang­ing the make-up of the drugs quicker that the state can ban them.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Janet Bew­ley of Ash­land says that the cur­rent def­i­n­i­tion of syn­thetic drugs is too vague.

They need some­thing with clar­ity and with teeth so that law enforce­ment and the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem will be able to act with con­fi­dence that it will hold up in court, this leg­is­la­tion gives that, it pro­vides that clarity.”

She says the leg­is­la­tion that was intro­duced on Thurs­day has what they need to pros­e­cute sell­ers of syn­thetic drugs.

It gives a very long list of sim­i­lar com­pounds and they just need to have rea­son­able com­par­i­son to this list in order to prosecute.”

Sen­a­tor Bob Jauch says the new leg­is­la­tion will put an end to the loop hole where the chem­istry is altered to avoid prosecution.

This new law will in essence say that even if it is altered if it main­tains the same chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion that looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck it’s the same poison.”

Jauch says he believes that this new law will help put the retail sell­ers and the sell­ers over the inter­net out of business.

The fact of the mat­ter is Wis­con­sin is putting those who sell this drug on notice that Wis­con­sin is dead seri­ous about tak­ing them head on and remov­ing this product.”

Jauch and Bew­ley say even with this new bill, it is still not going to be easy to shut down fake pot. They say there’s a lot of money that can be made from syn­thetic marijuana.

They both expect the Leg­is­la­ture to con­sider and approve the bill before adjourn­ment in November.

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