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Prosecuting Synthetic Drug Crimes Creates Unique Challenges

Aug 15, 2013 | | Drug policy, Law | No Comments

According to law-enforcement officers and prosecutors, the shifting chemistry of new synthetic drugs is making it difficult to prosecute people who sell them. To get a conviction in cases dealing with synthetic drugs, prosecutors have to prove the drug was substantially similar to a specific substance listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Minor adjustments to substances’ chemistry are enough to keep them from “automatically being considered analogues—chemical compounds that are banned by the Controlled Substances Act”.

Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.

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