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Posted: 5:13 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
A week after a Pittsburgh area boy died after smoking synthetic marijuana, a push to ban the substance has been put in the national spotlight.
Brandon Rice died last week and his funeral was held Tuesday.
As his family mourns, a senator from Pennsylvania is leading the charge to ban the drugs known as "bath salts," "K-2" and "spice" across the country.
The synthetic drugs were recently banned in Pennsylvania.
Rice suffered lung damage after smoking spice and his family said it was bought over the counter before the Pennsylvania ban went into effect.
Rice suffered for months before receiving a lung transplant but died a few weeks after the surgery.
This week Senator Bob Casey asked senate leader to move forward on his bill to ban the drug.
"The best remedy here is to pass a law that moves these substances to the right category. It's really as simple as that," said Casey.
A federal ban would give federal agents the green light to go after manufacturers and distributors.
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