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Record #: R2011-775   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 7/6/2011 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Public Safety
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Call for Governor Patrick Quinn to sign Illinois House Bill 3042 to curtail retail sale of substances that mimic narcotics or controlled substances
Sponsors: Thompson, JoAnn
Attachments: 1. R2011-775.pdf
Related files: R2015-407

WHEREAS, A recent proliferation of products sold in retail stores and at checkout counters that mimic, produce or amplify the same effect as narcotics and other banned substances have caused grave concern; and
WHEREAS, It has been reported that psychotic episodes, withdrawal, and dependence are associated with use of these substances. Based on law enforcement encounters reported directly to DEA, first responders report that individuals who have reportedly smoked synthetic cannabinoids have suffered from intense hallucinations. Moreover, emergency department physicians and toxicologists have reported the adverse health effects associated with smoking herbal incense products laced with these substances; and
WHEREAS, Detailed chemical analyses by DEA and other investigators have found these synthetic cannabinoids spiked on plant material in herbal incense products that are marketed to the general public. Product analyses have found variations in both the synthetic cannabinoid found on the plant material and the amount. The risk of adverse health effects is further increased by the fact that similar products vary in the composition and concentration of synthetic cannabinoids spiked on the plant material; and
WHEREAS, Although ingredients of such substances marked under the names of "Spice" and "K2" have been declared by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency as Schedule I controlled substances under the Controlled Substance Act, it appears that unscrupulous distributors are attempting to skirt the legal requirements of this declaration and are continuing to market over the counter of convenience stores and other outlets these harmful substances that imitate the mind altering effects of narcotics and other illegal substances; and
WHEREAS, On June 24, 2011, HB 3042, a bill passed by both the State of Illinois House and Senate that amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act to immediately add these synthetic cannabin...

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