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Friday, June 24, 2011

DA WATSON BACKED BATH SALTS BAN, NOW LAW

DA WATSON BACKED BATH SALTS BAN, NOW LAW

DA says stores should do the right thing and remove synthetic drugs from shelves now

HARRISBURG – Potter County District Attorney Andy J. Watson today praised the General Assembly and Governor Tom Corbett for enacting a new law to ban the possession, use and sale of so-called bath salts, synthetic marijuana, 2C-E and salvia divinorum.

The bill was signed by Governor Corbett on Thursday, June 23, 2011.

The bill quickly moved through the General Assembly and to the governor’s desk after prosecutors and law enforcement reported an alarming number of bizarre and dangerous incidents involving new, dangerous drugs that fell outside of the law related to controlled substances.

The problem and dangers of synthetic drugs has become so prevalent throughout Pennsylvania and Potter County is beginning to see the use, sale, and impact of these substances in our community.

"Synthetic drugs have the potential to create a devastating impact, especially on teenagers and young adults. “This bill will quite literally save lives, and I am grateful for our state’s leadership and willingness to work with us to respond quickly and decisively to the emerging threat of synthetic drugs.”

The new law goes into effect in 60 days. However, District Attorney Watson is respectfully requesting that any store which currently sell synthetic drugs voluntarily take the substances off their shelves immediately, especially with schools on summer break.

Store owners may have 60 days until the law goes into effect. However, I would like to see them do the right thing, for the right reasons and take these drugs off their shelves immediately, before anyone else gets hurt.

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association identified synthetic drugs as one of its top legislative priorities in March after law enforcement around the state reported dangerous and bizarre behaviors by people high on the legal, but highly potent substances.

23 comments :

Solomon's words for the wise said...

As one who reads the news from across the state every day, I have been appalled by the stories of what people who used this bath salts drug have done. It is an insidious compound that causes people to have crazy thoughts and do bizarre and dangerous things. The fact that it has been legal to sell and obtain gives the impression that it is not dangerous. That couldn't be farther from the truth.
Thank you District Attorney Andy Watson for your part in advocating to pass this law to ban these substances.
James Jones

Anonymous said...

Too bad it didn't go into effect the day the law was signed. Dealers, users and the like have 60 days to stockpile and prepare for underground and blackmarket sales.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Jim. I also am disturbed that people are taking common items and finding a way to make drugs with them. Didn't happen back in my day. We all had to work around our homes doing chores, then get jobs. We didn't have time to sit around bored and on the computer or video games all day. We weren't spoiled brats whose parents gave us everything and we only cared about ourselves. Makes a huge difference!

Anonymous said...

jim it's not just bath salts it's everything do you know that not too long ago kids were sniffing Nutmeg.. yes a spice.. it doesn't matter someone is always going to try something...

Anonymous said...

Next there will be a ban on spray Whip Cream, model glue, and air duster. Making these things illegal will not solve the problem. If people want to get high they are going to get high.
The war on drugs is a joke and a 40 year failure. Billions of dollars of tax payer money is being wasted and the problem just gets worse. Now we have created another black market and I am sure we will just be spending more money.

Anonymous said...

@2:44 exactly, 40 years into the drug war and people are higher than ever.

UNKNOWN said...

I know, lets just give these users/sellers a mild fine, and maybe some community service..That should stop the problem.... Or the people of this great Commonwealth could pull toghether and make the punishment so severe that no one would want to get caught...but then again, that might make someone angry, and we can't have that now can we?

Anonymous said...

So, what do you suggest 2:44? Just sit back and do NOTHING?
I think when people are caught doing these things, especially when they are declared illegal, their punishment should be being made to do community service at hospitals and nursing homes where others who have "sniffed" whatever are being cared for after going into comas as a result. They should have to see what the end result is. Maybe it would make them think twice about being so stupid.

Anonymous said...

That' DA looks like he's 18 and fresh out of high school

Anonymous said...

Give the PSP the authority to shoot and kill then ask questions later. Take 'em out and I bet they don't do it again.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately many PA residents have misinterpreted this to be a ban on bathing.

Anonymous said...

Are all bath salts banned or just certain ones?

Anonymous said...

Good job Mr. Watson. Now get the death penalty for the murderers recently charged.

Anonymous said...

Please... the police already kill enough people

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/25/jose-guerena-arizona-_n_867020.html

http://ahearingloss.com/2011/02/11/shoot-first-ask-questions-later-police-brutality-against-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-people/

Anonymous said...

well well then the law should take the santatra hand lotion off selfs
to as well because the kids us it in school to put it on and lick it off to get high..because of the Alcohol that is in it!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

REAL vanilla, maple, etc extracts are full of alcohol.

Anonymous said...

now day's everything is full of alcohol.mouth wash too

Anonymous said...

guns don't kill people do!!!!and cop's have been doing that a lot Latley. no ? ask after they shot some one..

Anonymous said...

awesome. more people to fill the prisons and rack up costs that the taxpayers have to pay. i don't get it, people are ALWAYS going to do stupid things like this 'bath salt' stuff, why make things worse for everybody by making us pay to lock up these people? i say let them do stupid things and ruin their lives. when the nanny state corrals you and slaps you on the wrist, you don't learn... you think of ways to get away with it again. when you're free to die in a gutter, you tend to rethink your life a lot quicker; or die. either one works.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jim Jones your comment sounds like you're talking about alcohol... hmm how funny this stuff makes people act crazy and do stupid shit... sounds like alcohol to me! I don't see you singing about banning that now huh?

Anonymous said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mephedrone

MEPHADRONE

For the uninformed people who think people were just snorting random bath salts from Bath and Body works...it's a drug that was put under the category and sold as "bath salts" or plant food to allow the legal sale. Much like the K2 sythetic marajuana that is sold as an "herbal insence"...Bath salts imparticular were sold under such names as "Drone IV" Bath Salts...and are completely unrelated to the theraputic legal bath salts.

Anonymous said...

Poster 2:47pm:

99.9999999999% of the whack jobs take someone with them. I take it then you want to fall into that catagory?

Anonymous said...

10:45pm: i expressed an opinion, and you are spouting what you seem to think is "fact". show me fact to support your claim, otherwise you're just as full of hot air as most of the other people who post on this site.