Today U.S. Rep. Gary Peters announced that the House passed a federal ban to outlaw dangerous drugs like K2/Spice and Bath Salts by voice vote. Peters, who voted for an earlier version of this ban last December, recently sent a letter urging Congressional leadership to include the strongest ban possible in this legislation, including ensuring that the DEA has the ability to go after new variations of synthetic drugs which are being produced to get around the law. In part because of Peters' efforts, this version of the federal K2 ban was included as part of the FDA reauthorization bill which is expected to be signed into law by President Obama soon.
"I proudly helped lead the fight in Congress to pass a federal ban on K2 and other synthetic drugs because there's nothing more important than the safety of our children," said U.S. Rep. Gary Peters. "I'm very encouraged that people have come together across Southeast Michigan to oppose K2, but without this federal ban in place, it would only have been a matter of time before these dangerous chemicals found their way across state lines and back into our schools. And, to make sure we don't end up playing a game of cat and mouse, I worked to make sure the DEA has new authorities to go after modified versions of K2 and synthetic drugs so they don't appear back on our store shelves."