Synthetic Bath Salt Drug Ban Heading to Governor

(HARRISBURG) – – Legislation to ban synthetic drugs such as concentrated bath salts, synthetic marijuana and Salvia is headed to Governor Tom Corbett for his signature to become law following Senate passage of the measure today.  Senate Bill 1006 was approved unanimously by the Senate, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

“Synthetic drugs are very powerful, very dangerous and readily available, causing many municipalities to seek court injunctions to ban their sales until the state acted,” said Senator Gordner.  “I am pleased we could pass this legislation to provide for a uniform ban across the Commonwealth.”

Senate Bill 1006, authored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), will treat synthetic substances in the same manner as other Schedule I Controlled Substances, and will carry the same penalties for use and distribution as other controlled substances.

“Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign this legislation shortly, and I would urge any business selling these substances to get them off the shelves immediately or face severe criminal penalties,” Senator Gordner concluded.