Culver Commends New Law Banning Bath Salts, Other Drugs

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania now joins a growing list of states that has banned the sale of synthetic marijuana and bath salts marketed as synthetic cocaine, said Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder).

Today, Gov. Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill 1006 that adds chemical compounds in these drugs to the state’s list of controlled substances. The effects of these salts are comparable to methamphetamine abuse.

“Sadly, the spread of bath salts has rapidly penetrated our communities, namely because many users believe that because the drugs are legal, they must be safe to use. That is far from the reality of the situation and why we needed to prohibit the sale of these chemicals,” Culver said. “Cases of smoking, injecting or inhaling bath salts are making headlines because users are getting high and turning violent.”

Under the new law, the state’s Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act is expanded to ban the sale of substances with chemicals known as salvia divinorum, salvinorin A, divinorin A, synthetic marijuana and synthetic cocaine, all of which have a high potential for abuse.

The bath salts that are now banned do not include those sold at specialty retailers or department stores. The bath salts with the chemical compound are traditionally found at hemp stores, tobacco shops and other outlets that sell brands like “Ivory Wave,” “White Lightning” and “Hurricane Charlie.”

The legislation takes effect in 60 days.

Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Jennifer Keaton

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