New Jersey and Pennsylvania lawmakers consider banning ‘bath salts’

    Bath salts makes your you time a little more luxurious with a fizzy, perfumey bath. “Bath salts” is a moniker for substances containing methylenedioxpyrovalerone that people snort for a hallucinogenic high. Lawmakers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania want to ban the latter.

    New Jersey’s Deputy Speaker John McKeon (D-Essex) and Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) plan to introduce legislation to ban the so-called bath salts and create penalties for offenders. The salts have been linked to the murder of a Rutgers University students whose bipolar boyfriend had been experimenting with the salts before he killed her, and with an attack on a priest in Scranto, Pa.

    Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has also suggested such a ban on the substance that’s sold in gas stations and convenience stores and produces a meth-like high.

    The New Jersey legislation, as the Star-Ledger reports, would criminalize the possession and sale of the bath salts, and make it a third-degree offense to manufacture, distribute, dispense or possess products containing mephedrone or methylenedioxpyrovalerone. Charges would range from three to five years in prison and fines of up to $15,000.


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