Bill banning "bath salts" on its way to Obama

Bill banning

Credit: AP

In this Jan. 18, 2011 photo, Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson holds a packet of what is being sold as bath salts at his office in Fulton, Miss. The product, which can be legally purchased, contain stimulants which authorities claim can cause hallucinations, paranoia and suicidal thoughts and are now among the newest substances law enforcement agents are having to deal with in the streets. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Print
Email
|

by Philip Townsend

WVEC.com

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM

HAMPTON ROADS -- A bill that would ban a long list of drugs is on its way to President Obama. 

The bill would ban many drugs including so-called bath salts and spice.

The House and Senate have already signed off on the bill that local prosecutors say sends a message to manufacturers of the drugs.

Common components in the drug mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine and have been associated with bizarre crimes in recent months including a case in Florida where a man on the drug attacked and chewed the face of a homeless man.

Virginia legislators and officials believe this law would help.

"The feds are now in this ball game, and that should have a major effect on the manufacturers and dealers," said Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey Bryant.  "When the police seize these compounds and send them to our state lab, the state lab will say it's not currently covered in the statute as being illegal. We seize the substance,  but we can't prosecute anybody," Bryant explained.

Several states have also moved to ban the drugs, often sold on the Internet and in head shops and other retail outlets.

Print
Email
|