ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal Drug Enforcement Agency needs to speed up its fight against synthetic marijuana.

The Democrat says Sunday that he’s urging the agency to use its existing authority to ban more than 250 chemicals used in the synthetic drugs.

Schumer says the agency has already prohibited about 20 of the chemicals used to make synthetic pot, but hasn’t yet acted on a long list of chemicals that it can ban.

Sold under a variety of brand names, synthetic marijuana includes any number of man-made substances designed to mimic the effects of marijuana.

Even though many of the chemicals are already banned, drug chemists can circumvent the restrictions by switching ingredients.

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