NJ bans sale of fake 'bath salts' drug

These are examples of fake "bath salts," displayed by Senate Drug Policy Committee chairman Sid Albritton, R-Picayune, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

April 28, 2011 11:33:54 AM PDT
Calling them an imminent threat to public safety, New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow has filed emergency rules designed to immediately ban the sale and manufacture of synthetic drugs sold as "bath salts."

The drugs can be snorted to mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamines. The compound can be purchased legally in most of the country.

Six chemicas associated with the manufacture of the drugs will be classified in new Jersey as Class 1 controlled dangerous substances. Manufacture, distribution, sale, or possession of the chemicals will be considered a crime punishable by three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

Dow says Louisiana and Florida have also banned the drugs.

Dow says anyone who voluntarily surrenders the bath salts drugs to police by May 8 will not face criminal charges.