SALISBURY — It’s no longer legal in North Carolina to smoke or possess synthetic marijuana or recreational drugs sold as “bath salts” — both of which mimic effects of marijuana and cocaine.
Under the new law that went into effect Wednesday, the synthetic marijuana — spice chemical —will be classified as having a low potential for abuse.
But the so-called “bath salts” will be classified as schedule I controlled substances and have a high potential for abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drugs sold as “bath salts” have no legitimate use for bathing. They contain stimulant compounds and are intended for substance abuse.