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Bill Aimed at Spice, Bath Salts

By May 29, 2012

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The U.S. Senate has passed a bill targeting the sale of synthetic marijuana and the chemicals found in bath salts. The legislation would close loopholes that have allowed makers of these drugs to circumvent local and state bans against their sale.

The federal law would also prevent buyers from crossing local and state jurisdictional lines to purchase the drugs.

The bill is part of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. It would make the chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana products Schedule I narcotics.

Closing Chemical Loopholes

Previously, when states banned the chemical compounds to create synthetic marijuana, the manufacturers would change the compounds, creating new chemicals not covered under the existing laws. The Senate bill would close those loopholes, making any chemical compound sold as fake weed illegal.

The bill also bans MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone) and mephedrone, the active ingredients in bath salts. Sales of bath salts and plant foods containing MDPV have sky rocketed because they reportedly create effects similar to cocaine and methamphetamine.

Up until recently, fake marijuana and fake cocaine products have been easily available in convenience stores, smoke shops and online. Because they were "legal" the perception by many was that they were safe. But emergency rooms across the nation have reported serious reactions to the chemicals in the products.

Spice and Ivory Wave

Synthetic marijuana, known widely as "Spice," is marketing under brand names like Blaze, Blueberry Haze, Dank, Demon Passion Smoke, Genie, Hawaiian Hybrid, K2, Magma, Ninja, Nitro, Ono Budz, Panama Red Ball, Puff, Sativah Herbal Smoke, Skunk, Spice, Ultra Chronic and Voodoo Spice.

Fake cocaine, otherwise known as bath salts, sold under names like Ivory Wave, Bliss, Blue Silk, Charge Plus, White Lightening, Tranquility, Zoom, Red Dove and Vanilla Sky and Cloud 9.

The Senate bill was sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer of New York.

"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," said Schumer. "This bill closes loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to circumvent local and state bans and ensures that you cannot simply cross state lines to find these deadly synthetic drugs."

News Source: Schumer Legislation Banning Synthetic Marijuana Passes Senate

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