Target: Governor Lincoln Chafee
Goal: Support ban on dangerous synthetic drugs
Rhode Island recently banned synthetic marijuana and other synthetic substances shown to cause a host of negative side effects, including death. Please sign this petition and support Rhode Island’s ban on dangerous drugs available for legal sale.
Synthetic marijuana attempts to mimic marijuana; however, the side effects, which can sometimes last indefinitely, are not comparable. This imposter substance is usually made up of ground-up motley or leaf products that have been sprayed with psychotropic and hallucinogenic drugs. Synthetic marijuana is marketed under different names including, Spice, K2, Scooby Snax or Monkey Weed, just to name a few. They have been sold legally in convenience stores and gas stations for roughly $10 to $15 for a pack – which is much cheaper than marijuana.
Despite package warnings that the substance should not be smoked or ingested, teens have been using it to get high for the past 15 years in Rhode Island. Because synthetic drugs are not regulated by any governing body, they are often made from household cleaners and other dangerous chemicals that carry a wide range of side effects. Smoking these toxic chemicals has the potential to cause permanent brain damage, psychosis, severe kidney damage, and in some cases, even death.
Rhode Island is one of the last states to enact a ban on this deadly, but readily available drug. Please sign this petition supporting Governor Chafee’s ban on synthetic drugs as a way to make the substance less accessible, and emphasize the potential impact it could have on users.
Dear Governor Chafee,
Recently you signed a bill that banned synthetic drugs including synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones, also known as “bath salts.” Thank you for finally enacting this restriction as a way to limit access to these deadly drugs, and make people more aware of the potential side effects.
Rhode Island is one of the last states to ban synthetic drugs, which have been quite popular among teens. Synthetic marijuana, known as Spice, K2, Scooby Snax or Monkey Weed, was sold at convenience stores and gas stations for $10 to $15 per pouch. Despite label warnings against ingesting or smoking the substance, using it to get high was obviously a well-known act. The ban also includes synthetic cathinones, known commonly as “bath salts.”
The ban on synthetic drugs is obviously necessary in order to make the drug less accessible, although, as we know, the black market is powerful. Ingesting these chemically treated toxic leaves can cause permanent brain damage, psychosis, severe kidney damage and, in some cases, even death. The ban will also help to highlight the severity of these drugs and hopefully keep some people away.
Thank you for protecting the people of Rhode Island by acknowledging the harm in legally allowing these products to be sold. The ban, if nothing else, will make the substance harder to find, which will hopefully keep some people from ever trying it.
[Your Name Here]
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