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House passes bill to ban synthetic drugs



FRANKFORT

The House has passed legislation aimed at curbing abuse of synthetic drugs being sold over the counter and online.

Democratic state Rep. John Tilley of Hopkinsville said the dangerous substances have caused hallucinations, psychosis, even death.

The House voted 96-0 for the bill Tuesday after hearing Tilley, the sponsor, describe the harmful effects of synthetic drugs. In one high-profile case, Tilley said a mother who had used the substances in western Kentucky left her 2-year-old child on a highway because she thought the toddler was demon-possessed.

The legislation would ban any substances intended to mimic better-known drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine. People caught selling synthetic drugs could be sentenced to up to a year in jail.

The legislation is House Bill 481.



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