Ky. gov. signs bill banning new synthetic drugs

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed into law a ban on new synthetic drugs commonly marketed as bath salts or plant food.

The manufactured drugs MDPV and mephadrone can create delusions, paranoia and sometimes violent behavior and often mimic the effects of Ecstasy and methamphetamine.

"This bill gives law enforcement another tool to protect Kentuckians from substances that are engineered specifically to mimic illegal dangerous drugs and allows Kentucky to keep pace with an ever-changing drug market," Gov. Beshear said.

Under HB 121, sponsored by Rep. John Tilley, of Hopkinsville, manufacturing or trafficking in the substance is a Class A misdemeanor. Possession is a Class B misdemeanor.

A similar ban on synthetic marijuana, also called Spice or K2, became law last year.  HB 121 further addresses the synthetic cannabinoid issue by banning similar chemicals that have been developed since passage of last year's law.

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