U.S. Senate passes federal ban on sale of synthetic pot – NY Daily News

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May 27, 2012 by Benji

Its about damn time! I am not a huge proponent of drug laws, but this stuff s bad and ugly! Read below…

The U.S. Senate passed a ban on the sale of potentially deadly synthetic pot after the rogue lawmaker who held it up for months was outfoxed by New York’s Chuck Schumer.

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, a libertarian, used a filibuster to stymie a federal crackdown on the drug known as “potpourri or “herbal incense” — the subject of a Daily News investigation into its dangers.

Fearing that more young people could be harmed while Paul dug in his heels, Schumer made an end-run around Paul and tacked the ban onto a larger Food and Drug Administration bill.

The big bill passed 96-1 on Thursday — and even Paul didn’t vote against it.

“Let this be a warning to those who make a profit manufacturing and selling killer chemical components to our teens and children: the jig is up,” Schumer said after the vote.

“This bill closes loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to circumvent local and state bans and ensures that you cannot simply cross state lines to find these deadly synthetic drugs.”

A similar ban on synthetic pot passed the House by a vote of 317-98 last December. Schumer said he expects to have the ban on President Obama’s desk by July 4 to be signed into law.

“By passing this amendment today we finally get these poisonous drugs off our shelves and keep our nation’s youth out of emergency rooms,” Schumer said.

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