Senate Moves to Ban Synthetic Pot and Bath Salts
May 29, 2012
Federal legislation that would criminalize synthetic marijuana and certain bath salts has passed the United States Senate and is on its way to the House of Representatives. The law, championed by Sen. Charles Schumer, would make the chemicals in synthetic marijuana products Schedule I narcotics like heroin and LSD. The effect of this would be the removal of synthetic marijuana products from stores, the prevention of manufacturers tweaking their compounds to skirt laws, and the prevention of people crossing state lines to find the drugs.
In addition to banning synthetic marijuana, Schumer’s legislation also bans MDPV and mephedrone, the active ingredients in bath salts that are being sold online, at convenience stores, and in smoke shops under names like Tranquility, Zoom, Ivory Wave, Red Dove, and Vanilla Sky. Schumer said the chemicals found in these bath salts cause effects similar to those caused by cocaine and methamphetamine, including hallucinations, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts. Of this new legislation banning bath salts and synthetic marijuana, Schumer says, “Let this be a warning to those who make a profit manufacturing and selling killer chemical components to our teens and children: the jig is up.”
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