FRANKFORT — Last week’s warm temperatures are a sign that we are entering the spring season, and it’s also a sign the Kentucky General Assembly is entering the home stretch of the legislative session. With the majority of budget bills now in the Senate, the House focused on several key bills.
House Bill 481, which continues the fight in Kentucky against the sale of synthetic drugs, was approved by the full House. During the 2011 session, we passed legislation that banned the sale of so-called “bath salts.” House Bill 481 expands the ban on synthetic drugs to include synthetic forms of marijuana sold in shops under product names like ‘Spice’ and ‘Scooby Snacks.’
Synthetic drugs are a great danger to our communities and especially our young people. One of the co-sponsors of House Bill 481, Rep. C.B. Embry Jr. of Morgantown, said two young people living in his district recently died as a result of using synthetic marijuana. It is essential that we as legislators and those in law enforcement stay one step ahead of those who make and distribute synthetic drugs.