According to sponsors Rep. Arthur J. Corvese, D-North Providence, and Sen. Frank S. Lombardi, D-Cranston, the law is meant to target unregulated substances that are being sold at various locations as a means to give purchasers a “high.” Adding the drugs to the Schedule 1 list bans their possession, production and sale, and makes violations subject to the same penalties as those for marijuana and other drugs, say sponsors.
The sponsors said the drugs can be found at some convenience stores and gas stations, and their availability can give people the false impression that their high is somehow safe. Jimson weed, or datura stramonium, can be fatally toxic.
Although neither of the drugs is currently banned under federal law, several states have taken action to control the two drugs due to reports of their abuse.
Last year, the state added synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic substances with more dangerous side effects than the naturally occurring drug they mimic, to the list.