Senate Approves Ban on ‘Bath Salts’

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would ban the possession, use and sale of so called ‘bath salts’, synthetic marijuana and salvia divinorum has unanimously passed the full Senate today, according to State Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming).

Senate Bill 1006 amends the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act to include: Salvia Divinorum, Salvinorin A, Divinorin A, synthetic marijuana, synthetic cocaine/heroin (also known as concentrated bath salts) and psychedelic phenethylamines (referred to collectively as 2C or the 2C family) to the list of substances on Schedule I of the Act.

Schedule I controlled substances are those substances that have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.

“I was pleased to support Senate Bill 1006 and the ban on so-called ‘bath salts’,” said Yaw. “The abuse of these substances is a serious issue and the sale and distribution will soon be stopped statewide. This bill will resolve the patchwork of local laws, which has cropped up across the state. I am hopeful that Governor Corbett will sign the bill in the very near future,” Yaw added.

Senate Bill 1006 now moves to the Governor for approval.

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