House Considers Banning Fake Marijuana, Bath Salts

Feb 27, 2013

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The General Assembly is scheduled to hear testimony today on legislation banning drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts. The proposed legislation comes from Rhode Island's Attorney General.

The House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on a law intended to ban these synthetic drugs. The drugs in question are sold at gas stations convenience stores and on the internet under names like Spice and K2, or labeled as herbal incense. They’re considered dangerous and potentially addictive. And several of the chemicals used to manufacture them have been federally outlawed. But Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says that might not be enough.

“The problem with chemicals and chemical compounds like bath salts is regulation and statutes sometimes fall behind those who utilize these drugs, manufacture these drugs, where they find a creative way outside of the law.”

Kilmartin says the legislation he proposed aims to ban not only these types of synthetic drugs but address the ways in which manufacturers might seek to circumvent the law by inventing new recipes.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has this fact sheet on "K2" or "Spice."