May 4, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Colorado House GOP "Measure to create penalties for “bath salts” passes committee"

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"DENVER—A measure sponsored by state Rep. J. Paul Brown that redefines cathinones—or “bath salts”—as a controlled substance unanimously passed the House Judiciary Committee today.

Senate Bill 116 creates a new class three felony for a person who distributes, manufactures, dispenses or sells the substance.

“Bath salts are under the radar,” Brown, R-Durango, expressed.  “We need to shine a spotlight on these dangerous substances.”

Bath salts can produce a stimulant like effect and leave abusers with symptoms similar to cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines. Most routine drug screens do not detect the use of synthetic cathinones, appealing to those who must undergo mandatory drug screening. Bath salts are currently legal under Colorado law.

“These drugs are not independent, lone drugs.  They are often sold or used with other drugs as well,” explained Brown.  “They are inexpensive, accessible, hard to detect and devastate lives.”

The measure creates a new penalty for deceptive trade practices by anyone who distributes, manufactures, sells or purchases products containing a cathinone. Global shipping and internet networks facilitate distribution and sustain the sales of synthetic cathinones.

“Bath salts are marketed and labeled to circumvent current laws,” said Brown, R-Durango.  “This law will help to combat new problems and protect people.”

Senate Bill 116 now moves to the full House for further consideration....." (Read more? Click title)

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