“Since the temporary ban in January, which made the use and sale of a new synthetic drug known as ‘bath salts’ illegal, we have seen a decrease in the number of reported medical emergencies related to this drug,” said Attorney General Bondi. “I thank Senator Wise and Representative Patronis for sponsoring this legislation and Governor Scott for signing this bill that will permanently ban the use of ‘bath salts’ and further protect the lives of Floridians.”
Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, commonly known as “bath salts” should be added to the schedule of controlled substances throughout the nation. The emergency rule made “bath salts” illegal through June. This
legislation permanently bans the sale and usage of the drug. The “bath salts” legislation was sponsored by Sen. Stephen Wise and Rep. Jimmy Patronis.
The drugs that produce effects similar to methamphetamine, crank, and other synthetic drugs was being sold at malls, convenience stores, and head shops. The new law makes the sale or possession of “Bath Salts” a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Sold under numerous names and in numerous packing methods, the new laws provide the same punishment as would be ordered with cocaine.