Kerri Richardson of the Governor’s Office says this represents the first time synthetic substances have been banned by administrative regulation instead of by statute, a change allowed by the passage of House Bill 481 in the 2012 session.
Sponsored by Eighth District Representative John Tilley (D) of Hopkinsville, the law broadened the scope of banned substances to include entire classes of synthetic drugs, not just compounds. Local law enforcement had good things to say about H.B. 481 recently.
Trigg County Coroner John Mark Vinson says H.B. 481 has had a tremendous impact on synthetic drug-related deaths, even in Trigg County, as it changes the scheduling of said drugs, as opposed to previous laws that dealt with the issue.
Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam also commented on the law.
“It has given police a tool while investigating drug activity. However it is hard for laws to keep up with new synthetic drugs,” said Burnam. “We constantly see new types of these items and sometimes it is hard to identify them as an illegal synthetic drug or a legal tobacco.”
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