New Jersey Assembly committee votes to criminalize bath salts

    New Jersey is moving forward alongside neighboring Pennsylvania to criminalize the use of bath salts.

    The Assembly Judiciary committee advanced a bill today that would create strict prison sentences for anyone caught with more than an ounce of MDPV, mephedrone or any other substance use to make the synthetic drug.

     

    New Jersey’s bill is named “Pamela’s Law” for a Rutgers student whose killer may have been abusing bath salts, as the Star-Ledger reports. An emergency order to ban the chemicals was enacted earlier this year.

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