WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) - A former Buffalo police commissioner, who became the nation's drug czar, is launching a new war.
There's a new effort to ban so-called "bath salts" nationwide. The drugs are synthetic stimulants that mimic the effects of illegal drugs like meth, cocaine and LSD.
Bath salts are often sold over the counter in convenience stores and gas stations. While they are already banned in more than 40 states, now White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowski is talking about a federal ban on the substance.
"One of the things that we're really hopeful is new federal legislation that will ban this. Many of the states have already banned it, but what happens is the people that sell and market this, who are truly bottom feeders, change the chemical compilation and then are able to skirt the law. But hopefully federal legislation is going to work to stop that," he said.
Senator Charles Schumer's helped push a bill through the Senate last month that would make the chemicals in synthetic marijuana and bath salts illegal nationwide.
New York banned the substance just over a year ago. But the drugs can still be found on line. These recent efforts are working to close in on those loopholes.
There is a hearing Thursday in Buffalo about the use of medical marijuana. So far 20 states and Washington D.C. allow it.
Common Core, a new wave of educational standards now being implemented across the country, is causing controversy across the nation, and took center stage in Jamestown Wednesday evening.
In an effort to combat childhood obesity, a local school district is now banning a popular sweet treat.
BJ's Wholesale Club put out an advertisement offering a full week of Black Friday bargains, including deep discounts on big screen TVs that would save customers hundreds of dollars.
A driver and his passenger are facing drug charges after a police stop Wednesday night in a parking lot at Grant and Amherst Streets, in Buffalo.
Local workers will be demonstrating outside of the McDonalds, on Main Street near Utica, Thursday at 5 p.m.