Cruz Bill Would Add Synthetic Narcotics to Controlled Substance List

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Guam – Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz, working with the Department of Public Health, has proposed a new law that would add a number of synthetic narcotics to the list of controlled substances.

Bill 216 would update the Guam Uniform Control Substance Act based on the the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Schedule Listing. The bill details an extensive list of chemical compounds and combinations which would be added to the controlled list.

In a release, Senator Cruz states that he wants “to ensure that the Guam Uniform Control Substance Act is updated before these drugs take root on our island and affect our residents negatively.”

 

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Read Senator Cruz’ release in FULL below:

Vice Speaker Cruz Aims to Strengthen the Guam Uniform Controlled Substance Act

(Friday – Hagåtña, Guam) As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen Guam’s laws related to controlled substances, Vice Speaker Cruz introduced Bill No. 216-31 (COR) to update the Guam Uniform Control Substance Act based on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Schedule Listing.

Vice Speaker Cruz said, “This legislation is a necessary and proactive response to drug use by young adults and teenagers due to illicit synthetic narcotics that are not on the list of controlled substances. I want to ensure that the Guam Uniform Control Substance Act is updated before these drugs take root on our island and affect our residents negatively.”

“I would like to thank the Department of Public Health and Social Services for diligently working with me to write this legislation,” said Vice Speaker Cruz. Bill No. 216-31 (COR) was written to provide significant updates throughout Appendix A, B, C, D, and E of the Guam Uniform Control Substance Act. If enacted, Bill No. 216-31 (COR) would take effect immediately after signed into law.

“To effectively combat the growing presence of drug addiction and the ongoing sales of controlled substances, we legislators must continue to combine statute revisions with strict law enforcement and treatment to properly protect Guam’s youth from narcotics addiction. This bill strengthens the element of enforcement, and shows our strengthened resolve to protect the children – our future – and keep them on the right path,” said Vice Speaker Cruz.