Looks like Christmas is coming early for gangsters, dope pushers and cartels this year.
H.R. 1254—also known as the Synthetic Drugs Act of 2011—is set to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives sometime in the coming weeks. The bill would ban a long list of chemicals from the cannabinoid, stimulant and psychedelic classes. Like recent bills of its kind, the Synthetic Drugs Act will place currently-legal chemicals in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act alongside heroin, crack and other “hard” drugs.
Nevermind that there’s literally ZERO medical research to determine whether these drugs meet the Schedule I criteria of “dangerous and addictive with no medical value”. I mean, who cares if they're not addictive, have caused virtually no deaths and could one day be found to cure some deadly disease? They’re evil, and they must be stopped. Think of the children. (Fun fact: most of these substances would be completely unknown if not for drug prohibition, which makes safer alternatives illegal, scarce and notoriously impure).
A few of the more well-known substances covered by the bill include JWH-122, 2C-E, ethylone and 2C-I. There are many others.
You can track the progress of the bill here.