Beshear uses new law for first time to ban synthetic drug

12/18/2012 05:22 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday used a new power for the first time to ban a synthetic drug that recently cropped up in Kentucky.

This spring, the General Assembly granted the governor the power to use administrative regulations to outlaw addictive and destructive drugs newly concocted that aren’t currently included in the statutes. The goal of that power — included in a bill pushed by Democratic Rep. John Tilley — is to keep up with the ever-evolving drug market, especially those of synthetic drugs with names like “bath salts” and “Ivory Wave.”

Beshear told reporters in Louisville that law enforcement officials recently discovered a new cannabinoid. The governor said within days of that discovery, administrative officials were able to draft new regulations to add that to the list of schedule 1 drugs.

An emergency clause makes that effective immediately, meaning anyone caught selling this latest substance will be prosecuted and fined. Here’s what Beshear said about the measure:

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