While other states contemplate abortion laws and bans on Sharia, Kentucky has its hands full with mislabeled bath salts. That’s right, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear recently signed a law banning a new synthetic drug commonly marketed as bath salts.
Nice try fake bath salt company, you can’t pull a fast one on Kentucky!
Satire aside, there is a legitimate reason for the ban. The manufactured drugs contain MDPV and mephadone known to cause delusions and paranoia. In some extreme cases, use of these chemicals resembles effects of using ecstasy and methamphetamine and can result in violent behavior.
The law is to protect unsuspecting consumers from unintentionally getting high off the bath salts. It is also to prevent junkies from abusing the substance through this seemingly legal loophole.
Although the law is effective immediately, police will not be raiding shops just yet. Instead, police officers have been told to warn and educate storeowners about the new laws.
Under the bill, possession of the substance would amount to a Class B misdemeanor. Manufacturing or trafficking is a Class A misdemeanor.