Pubdate: Tue, 24 May 2011 Source: Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Copyright: 2011 Townnews.com Contact: http://www.thetimes-tribune.com Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/4440 Author: Robert Swift, Harrisburg Bureau Chief HOUSE ADDING NEW SYNTHETIC TO BAN LIST HARRISBURG - House lawmakers are adding a synthetic drug that caught the attention of law enforcement officials just weeks ago to a bill expanding the list of controlled substances. The drug 2C-E is a hallucinogenic that mimics LSD and ecstasy and is considered responsible for the death of a user recently in Minnesota. The Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved an amendment adding 2C-E to Senate-approved legislation banning the sale of "bath salts" that is getting priority attention before the legislative summer recess. The move came upon the recommendation of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association which only recently learned about the threat from using 2C-E. The DA's warning illustrates how quickly new synthetic drugs can appear as producers experiment with different chemical compounds. Both the House and Senate have passed separate bills this spring banning the sale of bath salts, synthetic marijuana and salvia divinorum, a hallucinogenic herb mixture. The move for a statewide ban has gathered momentum with police reports of bizarre and violent behavior by synthetic drug users and action by counties and municipalities in Northeast Pennsylvania to impose local injunctions against the sale of these drugs. Both the Senate and House have to agree on a common bill for it to reach Gov. Tom Corbett for signing. If the committee's 2C-E amendment remains in the bill after the final House vote, the Senate will have to vote again on the amended version. While the ban legislation moves to enactment, judiciary chairman Ronald Marsico, R-105, Harrisburg, called on business owners to voluntarily stop selling synthetic drugs. "They have a moral responsibility to pull these drugs off the shelves," he added. Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp., a panel member, said she has personally asked local store owners to keep these products out of their establishments. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.