Work Begins On Sentencing Guidelines For Synthetic Drugs

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If it can kill you in 1 dose – it’s not a “victimless crime”

A group of chemists, law enforcement officers, and medical experts at the United States Sentencing Commission this past Tuesday to provide testimony on the emerging health threats posed by synthetic drugs.

The meeting, focused on the fentanyl and so-called synthetic cannabinoids, was the third of this kind of hearings that the Sentencing Commission has held on the topic of synthetic drugs. The Commission is responsible for setting proper advisory guidelines for sentencing in the federal criminal justice system; 46 percent of the federal inmates are incarcerated for their drug offenses, the most common reason for incarceration.

Synthetic drugs, which usually are the work of illicit chemists, are distinguished from the drugs like heroin and marijuana and are produced by more traditional farming approaches.

“The concept of synthetic is if it’s man-made, versus something that is homegrown,”

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