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senate Bill S. 1686

Punishing People Who Market Illegal Drugs To Kids

Argument in favor

Increasing sentences is a strong deterrent to those who would sell drugs disguised as candy to children.

I am for full marijuana decriminalization, regulation and taxation. However, we must protect the youth as well. I don't think it is harmful to adults in any way, but to the developing brain it can be. Legalize marijuana, but ban advertising that draws children in. This law needs wording changed to be more clear and concise because it may be misused in current form.
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Nathan's Opinion
It should not be just kids, but everyone because marijuana may help in the short term, but will make our country not safe with people who are walking around in the same streets as us with impaired judgement and potentially causing harm to others.
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Dennis's Opinion
They need to start mandatory drug test of all local elected officials and random testing through out the term.

Argument opposed

Is this bill targeting medical marijuana or other substances? S. 1686 needs to account for states with legal or medical marijuana.

Richard's Opinion
Bill needs improved language. Too vague and could be misused.
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Tory's Opinion
Not clear enough. What about parents using CBD oils to treat epilepsy in their children? They shouldn't be forced to choose between their children's lives and complying with federal law.
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Dante's Opinion
The same argument can be made about flavored liquours
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What is Senate Bill S. 1686?

This bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to make it illegal for any person over age 18 to:
  • Knowingly manufacture or create a Schedule I or II controlled substance that is combined with a beverage or candy product, marketed or packaged as such, or modified by flavoring or coloring.

  • Know, or have reasonable cause to believe that the controlled substance will be sold to a person under age 18 after it is modified, marketed and packaged.

S. 1686 would impose criminal penalties of less than 10 years for a first offense, or less than 20 years for a subsequent offense involving the same controlled substance and schedule.

Controlled substances that have been approved by the drug approval process or has been altered by a medical practitioner for a legitimate medical purpose are exempt.


Children, people who sell drugs to children, the Secretary of HHS, the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1686

A CBO estimate of the 2010 version of this bill found that any increase in the cost of operating prisons due to longer periods of incarceration would be insignificant due to the small number of offenders.

More Information


Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced this bill in 2010, but after receiving unanimous support in the Senate, it stalled in the House. At the time, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released a report warning that criminals were making strawberry-flavored methamphetamine to entice children to use the drug. The DEA was never able to confirm the existence of the drug and retracted its warning, but fears about drug dealers exploiting children remained.

The proliferation of edible pot products sold at medical marijuana dispensaries has added another dimension to this issue. Underage children in Colorado have been getting into their parents’ edible pot, which have packaging similar to candy, and getting sick after eating too much.

Maureen Dowd of the New York Times went on an expedition to sample Colorado’s edible pot, and detailed her unfortunate experience in a column after misjudging her dosage. Medical marijuana is available in 23 states, and with three more considering following suit, the issue of labeling edible marijuana is a continuing challenge for policymakers.


Sponsoring Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Press Release


Fox News


High Times - 10 Commandments of Marijuana Edible Safety

(Photo Credit: "Weed World Candies" by Victorgrigas. Licensed under Creative Commons)


Saving Kids From Dangerous Drugs Act of 2013

Official Title

A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide enhanced penalties for marketing controlled substances to minors.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedNovember 12th, 2013