Ban On Bath Salts & Spice Begins Wednesday

As of midnight substances commonly known as "spice" and "bath salts" will no longer be readily available in stores, and will be illegal in the state of North Carolina.

Officials say this law was a long time coming. They say part of the problem with these drugs is they were unregulated, and readily available at many stores.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says although he's glad to get these drugs out of the stores and off of the streets, he does believe there still needs to be more to the law. "I think it's way past due. I really believe there needs to be some type of provisions in the law that any mind altering drug falls in to a certain category it's illegal before you have to go through the fight similar to these two drugs that we're facing now."

As of Wednesday, anyone found with substances commonly known as "spice" and "bath salts" will be arrested and charged with a felony.

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  • by Richer Than You on Jun 1, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    I challenge anybody on the Raleigh Police Department to tell me how that officer would detect and/or identify a compound that is structurally derived from 2-amino-1-phenyl-propanone, but has been modified by a substitution of the phenyl ring with an alkyl!!! They CANNOT TEST STILL!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! I will continue to make my MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS!!!!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 01:51 AM in reply to Richer Than You
      I'm sure the general psychosis the drug seems to bring on would be enough of an indicator to arrest somebody for at the very least a reckless endangerment charge if they are driving a motor vehicle. And if they pass the breathalizer test, they can still be detained if the officer doesn't believe them capable of operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:07 AM in reply to Richer Than You
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 at 03:36 PM
    stupid idiots who believe in prohibition as an effective deterrent to substance abuse aren't doing "the children" any favors. and all you blow hards telling people to do research, DO YOUR OWN. This is the era of the designer drug and it's not stopping just with the ban on mephedrone and MDPV. If you are really worried about this stuff getting into the wrong hands, why don't we just regulate it? It's harder for kids to get liquor and beer now than it is for them to get drugs because the state of NC does such a great job regulating alcohol... it's time we used the same common sense for everything else
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      by Ashley on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:20 AM in reply to
      It is not hard for kids to get alcohol. Or at least it wasn't when I was 18, 19, and 20 years old. That would not solve the problem at hand.
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      by Simple Research on Jun 6, 2011 at 11:15 AM in reply to
      How does your comment relate to anything I have said? I have simply stated facts, based on "simple research," I did not even give an opinion on the ban. Guess someone just needed to vent????
  • by Jsb Location: NewBern on Jun 1, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    People get educated!!!!!!!!!
  • by Simple Research on Jun 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    For those that really have no idea what "Bath Salts" are, please stop posting ignorant comments. Do your research before you embarrass yourself. Oh, and here's something that might blow some minds... the same synthetic drug that is given the name "Bath Salts" is also given the name "Insect Repellent." The reason they could sell the drug is because the packaging says "Not for human consumption," and gave directions on how to use as "bath salts" or "insect repellent," which, in case y'all didn't know, it is not used for those reasons. Research. Simple Research.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:08 AM
    Coming from someone who does'nt smoke (did some in my college days bout not anymore, for the sake of my wife), it would only make sense to legalize and tax real marijuana and even cocaine. That certainly would make more money for the government and they would spend way less money on this drug war, cause those Mexican and other foreign cartels will run out of business and stop coming into the United States. That less money could save up for jobs for the unemployed in the future. I so beleive in banning all the synthetic stuff. It would cost the government and taxpayers way more money due to some of those same people not having health insurance that end up in the hospital.
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      by Ashley on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM in reply to Sam
      But no one would end up in the hospital off real cocaine? Wow...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    Boy we have some real smart people here. OK, it is not bath salts as you would put in your freakin bath tub, it is synthetic cocaine, nothing to do with bath or salt, its just a name. Its just like "pot" you smoke it to get high you dont cook soup in it, its just a name folks, do ya'll understand now? GEEEEZZZ
  • by Vickie Location: Grimesland on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    Thank Goodness.I heard of a woman in her 50's stabbing herself with a metal finger nail file,while yelling the Mexicans were killing her.It's a shame that the Government has to take such measures,BUT the rights of these so called Scientist in the labs needs to be regulated to avoid these laws having to be made every time something new comes along!
  • by jd Location: winterville on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    the nanny-state strikes again....yet the liquor and lotto tickets keep on flowing...wonder why????
  • by bs on Jun 1, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    look up nc general statute 90-89(5). look at the names of the compounds involved. most can not be pronounced much less need to be smoked, snorted etc.
  • by just wondering Location: greenville on Jun 1, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    is this ban going to be like the sweepstakes ban??? I thought those business's were to be closed by christmas

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