Colo. Lawmakers Weigh Punishment For 'Bath Salts'

By: AP
By: AP
State lawmakers are considering a measure that would make illegal the selling or manufacturing synthetic drugs known as "bath salts."

A police officer holds packet of what is being sold as bath salts that contain stimulants (AP Graphic)

DENVER (AP) -- Selling or manufacturing synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" would be illegal in Colorado under a bill in consideration at the state Legislature.

Lawmakers will hear a proposal Tuesday that would make it a felony with a civil penalty of up to $500,000 for distributing or manufacturing bath salts. The chemicals mimic the effects of powerful drugs such as cocaine.

Several states nationwide are taking up the issue. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation last week to ban bath salts.

Last year, Colorado lawmakers passed a bill to ban chemicals used to produce synthetic marijuana, often called Spice or K2.

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