Community Calendar

Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Valentines Day With the Wolves
Noon - 2 p.m. Charlestown

... View all of today's events


Stay Connected




2 herbs added to controlled substance list


PROVIDENCE — Two plants which can be used as hallucinogenic drugs have been added to the list of controlled substances under legislation signed by Gov. Lincoln Chaffee

Salvia divinorum and gypsum or jimsom weed were added to the list of substances now regulated as of June 3 under the state law.

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.

— A.J. Algier



Back to LatestNews
Top Stories of the Week

Man charged after heroin bust at the Roger Williams Inn …
WESTERLY — Luis R. Soto-Parrilla, 23, is facing multiple drug charges after an investigation into reports of drug activity occurring at the Roger Williams Inn, … more ...

Watch Hill solar complaint tossed out, on a technicality …
WESTERLY — An appeal of permits issued to the owners of St. Clair Annex to allow for the installation of solar panels on the roof … more ...

Blue Mitten preparing to debut its new ‘boutiquey’ look Tuesday …
WESTERLY — In the past month, the Blue Mitten has been refashioned with a dramatically new look that is more boutique than thrift store. The … more ...

Second arrest made in home burglaries, one more expected …
STONINGTON — Police have arrested a 21-year-old in connection with a series of home burglaries earlier this year, the second of three anticipated arrests in … more ...

Storm takes a bite out of the beach …
A section of beach near the Atlantic Beach Amusement Park in Misquamicut is eaten away as large waves have pounded the beaches and caused significant … more ...

Comments