A bill banning synthetic cocaine, marketed as bath salts and synthetic marijuana passed the state house Monday and is one step closer to becoming law.
“As recently as three weeks ago, I heard complaints at the local hospital where patients were overdosing on these substances,” said state Rep. Mario Scavello, R-176. “People are becoming addicted to these and walking into emergency rooms for treatment when they abuse them.”
The effect of synthetic cocaine and marijuana resembles drugs listed as controlled substances. The chemical compounds in these “bath salts” are being banned by the legislation. These “bath salts” have nothing to do with legitimate bath products.
The bill will go to the governor soon, and Scavello urges merchants to remove these products from their shelves now.
Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-189, said passing the legislation will also prevent a possible increase in crime that often accompanies drug usage.
Senate Bill 1006 amends the Controlled Substance, Drug and Cosmetic Act to expand the list of banned substances to include Salvia Divinorm, Salvinorin A, Divinorin A, synthetic marijuana and synthetic cocaine/heroin as Schedule 1 controlled substances.