Posted: Thursday, 15 May 2014 6:32AM

Synthetic Drug Bill Re-Passed [AUDIO]

ST. PAUL (TEC News), May 15 – Some changes prompted a rewording to re-pass a bill that addresses the growing problem of synthetic drugs. One change out of the five includes amending the definition of drug to also include compounds not regulated or approved for human consumption by the FDA. Rep. Clark Johnson is in full support with the author Rep. Erik Simonson (Duluth) in saying it needed to get taken care of. “It requires kind of fast action on the part of the state to recognize what these drugs are and to be able to adjust what is considered illegally. But also there importantly is an education component to this.”
The legislation:
         Amends the definition of drug to also include compounds not regulated or approved for human consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or Minnesota law and, when introduced to the body, induces an effect substantially similar to that of scheduled drugs.
         Grants cease and desist power to the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy to stop retailers from selling these products. The cease and desist order must give reasonable notice of the rights of the person to request a hearing, and the bill outlines the hearing process. If a person fails to appear, the allegations may be considered true. If no hearing is requested within 30 days of the order, the “cease and desist” order will become permanent. An order remains in effect until modified or vacated by the Board.
         Maintains the board’s expedited rule making authority by extending the sunset on this power. This power was given to the board to help keep up with the influx of synthetic drugs introduced into the market after manufacturer’s tweak the formula to skirt state laws.
         Calls for mandatory restitution provision. If a person is convicted of selling a controlled substance or analog under the false pretense that it is legal, the court must order restitution for the costs and expenses resulting from the crime.
         Appropriates $163,000 in fiscal year 2015 to the Department of Human Services for increasing public awareness of the dangers of synthetic drugs and developing targeted education towards children and young adults.

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Locations : Minnesota
People : Clark JohnsonErik Simonson (Duluth)