Legislator Concedes "Ban" on "Bath Salts" Not Working, Now Wants to Give State Agencies Authority to Ban Sales of Chemicals

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Many of the drugs known as "bath salts" are still legal, despite a new "ban." Now the Legislature is trying to do another "ban."
We'd like to point out that we were 100 percent correct about the emergency legislation last month to "ban" drugs known as "bath salts" -- it doesn't "ban" drugs being marketed as "bath salts" at all.

"Bath salts," for those joining late, is a name given to any number of synthetic drugs, often sold legally, that are meant to be a legal way to get a high similar to amphetamines.

The legislature had previously outlawed 30 chemicals that could be used to make the "bath salts"-type mixtures, and dropped another eight substances on the bill Governor Jan Brewer signed last month.

As Boca Raton Florida-based attorney Thomas Wright III told New Times shortly before Brewer signed the legislation, "To suggest they're putting a ban on bath salts is dumbing down the general public."

Republican state Senator Linda Gray is now explaining this to everyone, as she's proposed a new method to attempt banning "bath salts."

House Bill 2388 is the new hope, which would allow the state's Board of Pharmacy and the Department of Public Safety to ban the sales of chemical substances at their pleasure.

According to a Senate fact sheet, the pharmacy board "must make a formal finding that the chemical composition defined by the Board has a potential for abuse and submit the finding to DPS."

The pharmacy board then has to "consult" with DPS about its proposed rule, and that's that. The board just has to let the governor and the legislature know once a year which chemicals it's decided to ban.

The bill's currently in the Senate Rules Committee, where it was already voted down after some lawmakers decided giving a state agency the power to ban chemicals might be a bit unconstitutional. The committee's expected to discuss the bill again today, and it will probably hold another vote.

If the bill to actually become law, it may be convincing enough for stores around the state to stop selling the chemicals. That's what the Internet is for -- websites like this one not regulated by Arizona's pharmacy board.

And still, there will be legal "bath salts."

The bill can be found here.


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Bubble Baths
Bubble Baths

My cousin got arrested for selling a large amount of these drugs. It saddens my family that he's a drug dealer but I'm all for a large crackdown on people getting high off this.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

This legislative body is the definition of "reaction/solution".     Perhaps they should actually think before they legislate.   But I really think they are controlled from outside and legislate for dark and slimey purposes.  They want the pharmaceutical companies to control what is sold and they will eventually tell us that vitamins and supplements which keep us alive and healthy, are bad for us.   Along with GMO food, we won't have a chance.  People will soon be unhealthy all the time due to the GMO food.  They'll have to go to a death doctor and get some posionous prescription drugs.   Tell me it's not so

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Surprise, surprise! The makers and marketers of "research chemicals" are smarter and faster than our state legislators. Here's a thought: re-schedule prescription amphetamines so that there can be a thriving black market in them like there was in the 60s.  Sure they're harmful, but not as harmful as questionable substances that lack human testing let alone track records. One could make a similar argument about the so-called "spice" drugs, too, though it harmfulness of pot hasn't been clearly demonstrated.  These chemicals all share in common origins as ways around prohibition of less harmful substances. Had prohibition never happened we'd have still only a relative handful of drugs people use to alter their consciousness. No market for this stuff if the real thing were available.

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