Legislative Updates

Synthetic drug bill

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On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing on the “Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act of 2017” (H.R. 2851), sponsored by Rep. John Katko (R-NY). The legislation would create a new Schedule A to the Controlled Substances Act where analogues could be temporarily scheduled, add 13 synthetic fentanyls to Schedule A, expressly omits simple possession of a synthetic drug from federal enforcement, provides guidance for sentencing federal synthetic drug trafficking crimes, makes false labeling of controlled substance analogues a federal offense, and makes it easier for approved parties to conduct research on these substances.