“Bath Salts” Law Goes In Effect Today

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State lawmakers previously passed a legislation which was approved by Gov. John Kasich in July which no longer allows stores in Ohio to sell synthetic cannabinoids and “bath salts”.

The legislation, included language about a drug analog that outlaws any chemicals that are similar to those found in synthetic cannabinoids and “bath salts.”

Beginning today, possession of these products is now against the law.

Sheriff Patrick Kelly said Law enforcement officers throughout Athens County will stage routine checks on stores that have been known to sell the products to insure compliance.

Under the new law, Ohioans are no longer allowed to possess, sell or manufacture the chemicals found in “bath salts” and synthetic cannabinoids, also known as “Spice” and “K2.”

Synthetic cannabinoids produce effects similar, but usually stronger than marijuana, and “bath salts” produce highs similar to stimulants and hallucinogens.