The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved legislation to expand the state's ban on synthetic drugs.
House Bill 1217 would address a growing list of substances used to manufacture drugs closely related to bath salts, synthetic marijuana, Salvia Divinorium, Salvinorin A, Divinorin A, and psychedelic phenethylamines.
Act 7 of 2011 banned the chemical compounds used to make the drugs, but Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair) said his measure would illegalize new synthetic compounds - not yet on the list of controlled substances - that are being used to create drugs that can harm and kill those who use them.
The drugs are designed to mimic the effects of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
House Bill 1217 now goes to the state Senate for consideration.