State Representative John Tilley held a news conference at the Christian County Justice Center this morning regarding proposed legislation which would ban synthetic drugs and create harsh penalties for businesses who sell them.
Previous laws were ineffective because the chemists who create the drugs that mimic the effects of common narcotics would just change a molecule or two in the recipe and skirt around the legislation.
Representative Tilley says this year’s bill is more broad and wide-sweeping, though it is expected to hold up against legal challenges.
Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie named several instances when his officers have dealt with the problem and said it is growing as an issue in Hopkinsville and across the country.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor says synthetic drugs are a problem in every race, age group and part of society, so this legislation is very much needed.
The bill is expected to pass both chambers and to be signed by the governor, though Mayor Dan Kemp and Christian County Attorney Mike Foster asked residents to contact their state senator to encourage him to support the legislation. Representative Tilley thanked Representative Myron Dossett and State Senator Joey Pendelton for their help and support in the fight against synthetic drugs, with Dossett in attendance.