Friday, January 27, 2012

A Bill Banning "Bath Salts" Signed Into Law

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012 DE Governor, Jack Markell, signed into law a bill banning the possession and sale of the designer drugs known as "bath salts."

The signing of Senate Bill 160 made permanent an emergency ban passed in late September following a rash of violent incidents linked to the drug.

"Bath salts"are commonly smoked, snorted or injected. Users experience an intense high, euphoria, extreme energy, hallucinations, insomnia and are easily provoked to anger, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Under the new law, possession of a small amount of bath salts would be classified as a misdemeanor. Someone found guilty of possession with intent to manufacture or distribute small quantities of the drug would face eight years in prison.  The law also prohibits any combination of the chemicals in bath salts and makes it easier for lawmakers to ban other chemicals that may pose harmful consequences to Delawareans.

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