New Law Expands Iowa Synthetic Drug Ban
May 25, 2012
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad today signed into law legislation (SF 2343) to update Iowa’s list of controlled substances. Responding to concerns by law enforcement, prosecutors, health care providers, parents and others about the elusive and dangerous nature of these products, the measure expands the State’s ban on synthetic drugs—sometimes sold as incense or bath salts under names such as Spice and Ivory Wave—to apply to many more variations.
Effective immediately, the bill signed today outlaws a total of 43 specific synthetic drug compounds (26 synthetic cathinones and 17 synthetic cannabinoids), plus five broader classes of synthetic cannabinoids as Schedule I Controlled Substances. That compares with 8 synthetic designer drug compounds now controlled federally, and previously by Iowa law enacted last year.
Because synthetic drugs have no medicinal value and are harmful, the Schedule I Controlled Substance designation makes these products illegal to manufacture, sell or possess. By law, manufacturing, selling or possessing synthetic drugs with intent to deliver are aggravated misdemeanors, subject to a penalty of up to two years in prison and a $6,250 fine. Possession of synthetic drugs is a serious misdemeanor, subject to a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $1,875 fine.
Iowa’s expanded law, listing all newly banned substances, and related educational information can be found on the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) website.