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Demand hearings on how Bath Salts became bipartisan

June 28, 2012

Zombie was already a wonderfully growing internet meme before Memorial Day (this blog goes back to February but only because I was already noticing the trend for months). But when the Miami Causeway story broke, the whole meme shifted. Immediately the media ran with the “bath salts” nonsense. Politicians jumped quickly joining the outcry. Yesterday, US Senate passed a bill criminalizing dozens of chemicals. The amendment was hurriedly attached to the pending FDA bill and the bill approved 94-2.

WHAT? Congress passed something 94-2? And it’s a long list of chemicals? Does anyone even know what legal uses all of these chemical were? This kind of bipartisan action in an election cycle scares me. Particularly when it relates to an industry with massive lobbying money.

Maximus Blog reported on Tuesday that Senator Leahy had something to do with keeping these chemicals out of the Senate bill the first time. Reports Wednesday indicate that Senator Rob Portman added the amendment to outlaw the “Synthetic Drugs” to the FDA bill and that Senator Burr thought the vote was rushed.

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Meanwhile the same day, yesterday, the Miami Herald reported:

No bath salts detected: Causeway attacker Rudy Eugene had only pot in his system, medical examiner reports: An autopsy report says testing for a number of street drugs, including “bath salts,” came back negative, and that Rudy Eugene had only marijuana in his system.”

So they stirred up a bunch of “bath salt” nonsense, passed some hasty legislation outlawing a lot of chemistry that no one who voted really understands and then immediately turned negative attention back toward marijuana (not likely to help the crusading arguments of Rep. Cohen and Rep. Pelos).

I hate to always be thinking media conspiracy but can someone please find a chemist to tell us exactly what all these chemicals can be used for. I have no doubt that these chemicals can be used to make a lot of nasty drugs in a home bath tub, but I expect there is another subtext here; probably one in which Big Pharma just scored a major win over independent small-business chemists. But maybe not, I really don’t know, -so take this all with a grain of salt.

See Subtitle D on page 368 of this version of the Senate Bill :

SEC. 1151. SHORT TITLE.
This subtitle may be cited as the ‘‘Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012’’.

And in SEC. 1152. ADDITION OF SYNTHETIC DRUGS TO SCHEDULE I OF THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT:

any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of cannabimimetic agents or which contains their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation.

defining:

The term ‘cannabimimetic agents’ means any substance that is a cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1 receptor) agonist as demonstrated by binding studies and functional assays within any of the following structural classes:

‘‘(i) 2-(3-hydroxycyclohexyl)phenol with substitution at the 5-position of the phenolic ring by alkyl or alkenyl, whether or not substituted on the cyclohexyl ring to any extent.
‘‘(ii) 3-(1-naphthoyl)indole or 3-(1-naphthylmethane)indole by substitution at the nitrogen atom of the indole ring, whether or not further substituted on the indole ring to any extent, whether or not substituted on the naphthoyl or naphthyl ring to any extent.
‘‘(iii) 3-(1-naphthoyl)pyrrole by substitution at the nitrogen atom of the pyrrole ring, whether or not further substituted in the pyrrole ring to any extent, whether or not substituted on the naphthoyl ring to any extent.
‘‘(iv) 1-(1-naphthylmethylene)indene by substitution of the 3-position of the indene ring, whether or not further substituted in the indene ring to any extent, whether or not substituted on the naphthyl ring to any extent.
‘‘(v) 3-phenylacetylindole or 3-benzoylindole by substitution at the nitrogen atom of the indole ring, whether or not further substituted in the indole ring to any extent, whether or not substituted on the phenyl ring to any extent.

‘‘(B) Such term includes—
‘‘(i) 5-(1,1-dimethylheptyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (CP–47,497);
‘‘(ii) 5-(1,1-dimethyloctyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (cannabicyclohexanol or CP–47,497 C8-homolog);
‘‘(iii) 1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH–018 and AM678);
‘‘(iv) 1-butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH–2 073);
‘‘(v) 1-hexyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH–019);
‘‘(vi) 1-[2-(4-morpholinyl)ethyl]-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH–200);
‘‘(vii) 1-pentyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole (JWH–250);
‘‘(viii) 1-pentyl-3-[1-(4-methoxynaphthoyl)]indole (JWH–081);
‘‘(ix) 1-pentyl-3-(4-methyl-1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH–122);
‘‘(x) 1-pentyl-3-(4-chloro-1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH–398);
‘‘(xi) 1-(5-fluoropentyl)-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (AM2201);
‘‘(xii) 1-(5-fluoropentyl)-3-(2-iodobenzoyl)indole (AM694);
‘‘(xiii) 1-pentyl-3-[(4-methoxy)-benzoylindole (SR–19 and RCS–4);
‘‘(xiv) 1-cyclohexylethyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole (SR–18 and RCS–238);
‘‘(xv) 1-pentyl-3-(2-25 chlorophenylacetyl)indole (JWH–203).’’.

(b) OTHER DRUGS.—Schedule I of section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812(c)) is amended in subsection (c) by adding at the end the following:

‘‘(18) 4-methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone).
‘‘(19) 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV).
‘‘(20) 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-ethylphenyl)ethanamine (2C–E).
‘‘(21) 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-methylphenyl)ethanamine (2C–D).
‘‘(22) 2-(4-Chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C–C).
‘‘(23) 2-(4-Iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C–I).
‘‘(24) 2-[4-(Ethylthio)-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl]ethanamine (2C–T–2).
‘‘(25) 2-[4-(Isopropylthio)-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl]ethanamine (2C–T–4).
‘‘(26) 2-(2,5-Dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C–20 H).
‘‘(27) 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-nitro22phenyl)ethanamine (2C–N).
‘‘(28) 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-(n)-propylphenyl)ethanamine (2C–P).’’.

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