Georgia Lawmakers Push to Ban "Bath Salts"

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers moved one step closer toward banning a new brand of synthetic drug that is marketed as bath salts and sold legally under brand names like "Ivory Wave" and "Cloud Nine."

The Georgia House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee voted Wednesday to outlaw the five main chemicals used to create "bath salts," which are drugs usually snorted like cocaine but also can be smoked and injected. It was adopted by a 7-1 vote.

State Rep. Jay Neal, R-LaFayette, said the proposal is needed to put an end to a dangerous trend that's spread across the nation and is now surfacing in Georgia.

The lone opposition to the proposal came from Republican state Rep. Bobby Franklin of Marietta, who suggested that lawmakers should focus on fighting alcohol abuse.


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