Reboletti-sponsored legislation cracks down on drugs

ELMHURST – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by state Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst, to curb the use and manufacture of illicit drugs were signed into law Aug. 18.

The two bills include House Bill 5526, which will make it illegal for minors to purchase products containing the herbal stimulant kratom, and Senate Bill 3275, which will place certain synthetic drugs into a list of drugs that are illegal to manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to distribute, according to a Reboletti news release.

House Bill 5526 prohibits minors from possessing or buying kratom and makes it illegal to sell or distribute products containing kratom, an opiate-like leaf from Southeast Asia, to people under 18.

Dozens of companies on the Internet are currently selling kratom leaf and touting it as a way to combat fatigue, pain and depression, and as an antidote to heroin addiction. Reboletti, said the effects of kratom on humans, especially on young adults, are not well studied, according to the release.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, those caught breaking the law could face up to six months in jail or two years of probation, in addition to a minimum $500 fine, the release said.

Senate Bill 3275 adds two synthetic drugs, chemically known as 25C-NBOMe and 25B-NBOMe, to the list of Schedule I controlled substances. These drugs are known to have caused fatal overdoses in youth, and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has reported its sale online and through illicit channels, often marketed as an LSD substitute, the release said.