Should Jan Brewer and the Legislature Give Up on Trying to Ban Bath Salts and Spice?

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More than a year after Governor Jan Brewer claimed she outlawed the sale and use of the substances known as "bath salts," and two years after she said the same of "spice," Brewer now takes credit for signing a bill that's supposed to "combat" bath salts and spice.

Brewer says this now because there never was legislation that actually banned bath salts and spice.

See also:
-Arizona's Latest Advertised "Ban" on Bath Salts and Spice Passes Senate
-Jan Brewer Touted Ban on Spice, Bath Salts, but Lawmakers Still Trying to Ban Both
-Jan Brewer Set To Sign "Bath Salts" Bill, Which Still Leaves "Bath Salts" Legal
-Bath Salts: Our Told-Ya-So Moments on "Ban" Continue

As frequent readers of this blog would know, the so-called "bans" on the substances have been a total farce.

The Legislature has outlawed several dozen chemicals in the past that can be used to make bath salts and spice. That's a problem, since there are potentially thousands of chemicals that can be used to make bath salts and spice, and the Legislature ain't banning all of 'em.

Brewer, however, has taken credit for "outlaw[ing]" substances like spice.

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2011 press release from the office of Governor Jan Brewer.


Her press release upon the signing of this session's House BIll 2327 is a little tamer.

"Previous legislation combating this problem was frequently thwarted as underground chemists and drug-makers slightly modified the composition of their products in order to get around the law," the press release says. "With HB 2327, the basic chemical formulas themselves have been outlawed, regardless of any minor alteration."

The bill's sponsor, Republican Representative Eddie Farnsworth, even told the House Judiciary Committee that this bill "will not stop the problem but it takes a big step in the right direction."

The committee also noted that both state and federal "analog" laws are the subject of pending lawsuits, and it can be argued that this is an "analog" law, too.

So, this morning's question is, after repeatedly failing to ban bath salts and spice for more than two years now, should Governor Brewer and the Legislature just give it up?

Cast your vote below:



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Jeff Kee
Jeff Kee

"More important things to do.." is something that never goes through the mind henchwomen Brewer.

glenn.gimbut
glenn.gimbut

Unlike real cannabis, so called synthetic cannabis and so called bath salts do physical harm and send users to the hospital.  Sorry, while I am in favor of legalizing marijuana, which can make you sleepy and give someone the munchies, I am opposed to legalizing truly dangerous stuff. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

The only thing Stinky Finger Jan and her Redneck Republicans have banned is ethics.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Since they are creationists they will never figure out that a "basic compound" can be changed with little to no effort making their bans absolutely unstoppable. Science is out of their realm of thought

Kyle Acedo
Kyle Acedo

Yes they should! As a former police officer for the state of arizona I have dealt with this before it got out of hand. Ive seen the negative effects that it has on adults and teens and kids! Both spice and bath salts need to be banned!

Brandon Doyle
Brandon Doyle

Yeah, they should. That shit is retarded I don't understand how it's legal in the first place.

virgoveggie
virgoveggie

Is there a dollar amount on the money AZ has flushed down the toilet because of Jan Brewer's inability to pass an effective law? How many public defender hours have been wasted? How many more? Geez, any one of us could have found a better way to spend that money; *education*

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Yes.  Even though the legislature is struggling to get it right that shouldn't stop them from continuing to try.  Maybe the problem is that they have Farnsworth running the legislation - maybe they'd have more success if someone smarter was working on it instead.

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

@glenn.gimbut Heck, if they'd just legalize the real deal drugs and treat addiction like the medical condition that it is instead of criminalizing everything, no one would be making this crap, not to mention it would be regulated, taxed, and really put a cramp in the cartels' style.

DNichols
DNichols

It will be hard to find "Someone Smarter" in Arizona Politics, most of them did a little too much L.D.S. in the Sixties.

However this is a far more worthy cause than Bigotry, and ripping Parents from their Legal Citizen Children.

valleynative
valleynative

@DNichols  Interesting point.  Would you say that in every case in which the legal punishment for a parent's crime would separate them from their Legal Citizen Children, they should be given a pass, instead?    If I rob a bank, you wouldn't want to send me to prison, separating me from my Legal Citizen Children, would you, or is that somehow different?

I believe in every deportation case, the parents are allowed to take their children with them, anyway.

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