Fake Weed – Spice – K2 Where are we now?

After several months of raids on the herbal incense spice industry many people from kids to mothers and parents of children using spice drugs all ask the same question. After all this where are we now?

The spice dealers are asking there chemists the same thing, it is a huge mess for all. Since i spend so much time and i get to see all the different angles of what this spice drug has done to so many i am writing from all angles.

One, when this herbal incense spice drug hit the streets no one had any idea of the long term effects from the drug. Retailers started to sell the spice drug under names like, K2 Spice, Herbal Incense, Mad Hatter, Mr Nice Guy, Cloud 9, Aroma spice, Jonny Clearwater, Scooby Snax, just to name a few. Since the DEA had no idea how this drug was being used the manufactures of the spice drug were able to get in to many gas stations around America.

As kids started to use the drug since it was not illegal and they are kids so they dont have a clue about the effects of drugs that they can buy at the local convince stores. It went crazy, they loved it and almost instantly were addicted to the high and the effects they felt from smoking the spice.

Now on the adult side, many long term adults that smoked weed for years and might now have a current job that drug tests them said Hey lets give it a shot. Many of users that were adults i spoke with said they were on probation and it gave them a new option. A way that they could still get that feeling that they have enjoyed for years from smoking pot with out the hash actions if they were to get caught by an employeer or law informent.

So the gas stations start to see large profits from the sale of the spice drug. Profits in the tens of thousands in just a weeks sales. As law makers learn more about the spice drug they drove to many places selling the spice to ask for them to pull it off the shelf. Well these small corner stores though out the United States are already making the largest profit they have seen in years. They are feeling like they might have a chance to get out of debt for the first time in years. They might make just enough to take that extra weekend get away they wanted for years but just could not afford to take due to they economy.

After a while of trying to get bills passed, congress passed the bill outlawing the UR144 chemical used to manufacture the spice drug. Well it was a little to late. At this point herbal spice was already used by millions across America. It had been legal for years with a lot of people that enjoyed it, were hooked on it, and made money selling it.

So what happens next? Well the store owners dont want to loose out on huge profits, and these clients that are coming into there store each week, several times a week to pick up there favorite blend of spice are not just buying spice. There at the store so there picking up soda, candy, and other items since there already there. So this is a total loss of business for these store owners now sales all across the board are going to go down.

Now you have this huge client base of users that are going to find a way to get there spice, remember there hooked they have been using it for some time now. You have the dealers that make the spice that have lined there pocket with millions of dollars in a horrible economy and they just got a nice life style.

The manufactures do what they know, they contact there chemist and demand that they make a small change in the DNA of the UR144 chemical. Now the drug dealers how do this for a living are one step ahead of law makers. Why might you ask?

I will tell you why, because the police and DEA have thousands of things to worry about, tons of drugs to deal with. The makers of herbal spice drug have one full time job. One single thing to focus on. How to get there product in front of as many clients as possible and make as much money as they can before the next ban of there current chemical.

They have passed new bills out lawing the spice drug. But the question is the same to all. Have we seen the last of it? I am here to tell you that we have not. One of two things is happening right now.
A new chemical will be used to produce spice drug and it will be back in stores by the end of the year.

Or worst it will go underground and dealers all over the world on the corner will be selling to anyone with a $5.00 bill.

Parents if you wonder if your kids are using spice, sit them down speak to them about the dangers of drugs. Get to know there friends and make sure you educate you kids.

Ban On Sale Of Synthetic Drug spice

A 17-year-old urges people not to smoke it.

Calls for a ban on the sale of synthetic drugs known as “spice” is a good idea, according to one downtown Frederick merchant. Mary Jean Clark, is the owner of a tea shop along North Market Street called “Viola.” She says has seen large numbers of people come up to “Classic Cigars and British Goodies” to purchase this stuff. “Cars from all the surrounding states will be pulling up,” she says. “It’s like a quick drive-in window type of thing, where they park illegally, run into the store, buy it and run out. The cars are full. Sometimes there are babies in the backs of these cars. It’s just tragic what you see going on.”

“Classic Cigars and British Goodies” sells this material as potpourri, but its sale is limited to persons 18 and older. “However, if you stand in the middle of my store, which is two doors down, you watch transactions go down. You watch younger kids paying older kids to go in. It looks like drug deals,” Clark says.

She also says she’s seen kids using it, and then getting violently ill. “Well, they’re vomiting on the streets. They’re going into seizures,” she says.

As a result of this activity, Clark says she’s looking at her options, and may move out of the downtown.

Richard, a 17-year-old who did not want to give his last name, had a bad experience smoking “spice.” In March, 2011, he, his younger brother and a cousin tried this product, and he says they almost died. “All of three of us were sitting there on the couch. My little brother is puking. Our hearts are beating so fast we can see them, and it feels like they’re about to jump out of our throats. We thought we were about the die, literally,” he says. Richard also says all three of them were hallucinating.

Richard says he called Poison Control. “I wanted to see if we could sober up before she {his mother} got home,” he says. But, he says, Poison Control told him to call 911 before he went into cardiac arrest or had a heart attack.

Richard says it took a while for the affects of “spice” to wear off.

Clark says she’s heard similar stories from parents about their children using “spice,” especially at a recent community meeting with the Frederick Police Department. “One parent was struggling. Their child had been in trouble had been on probation, and said,you know, ‘nanny, nanny boo-boo! I’m going to do this!’ It’s legal, and they can’t test it in drug testing. Their kids are having adverse reactions, behavioral issues now,” she says.

Richard, who has not smoked “spice” since that day he had a bad reaction, says the product is available among high school students. “It’s pretty prevalent now. You’ll see it a lot with a lot of people that usually they can’t find real marijuana, and they don’t have anything else. So, this stuff seems so much easier to get,” he says.

Richard also talks to young people, urging them not to try “spice.” “Just take it for me. It can affect you negatively, and it can kill you,” he says.

The Town of Thurmont is considering an ordinance to ban the sale of this stuff, and some parents in Frederick want city officials to do the same. While some people may say that drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes kill more people than “spice,” Clark doesn’t agree with that comparison. “Alcohol and tobacco are long term use affects. They are addictive substances. They’re regulated; they’re heavily taxed. This product is not heavily taxed,” she says.

Clark says she would like to see this product banned, or heavily taxed and regulated.

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Herbal Incense Spice Bust

Burlington and Mebane police executed warrants to search the Purple Peddler, which has a location on North Church Street in Burlington and North Fifth Street in Mebane.

By By Roselee Papandrea/Times-News
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 20:06 PM.
A business that sells tobacco products and incense was raided by police this week in both its Burlington and Mebane store locations and five people were charged for selling synthetic marijuana.

Burlington Police Department’s Community Crime Abatement Team started investigating the Purple Peddler at 1325 N. Church St. in Burlington six months ago after receiving several complaints, according to a Burlington Police Department news release. Mebane police joined the investigation because the store also has a location at 204 N. Fifth St. in Mebane.

“During this investigation, officers have purchased synthetic marijuana from the Purple Peddler at both locations from the owner and multiple employees,” the release states.

On Tuesday at about 1:57 p.m., Burlington police executed a warrant to search the store on North Church Street while Mebane police executed a similar warrant to search the North Fifth Street store. Burlington police seized more than 1,200 packages of bath salts, synthetic marijuana, marijuana, currency and more than 3,000 items of drug paraphernalia, including smoking devices and scales.

Elon, Elon University Campus and Graham police departments assisted with the investigation.

The store’s owner, Edward D. Robeson II, 57, of Elva Lane, Chapel Hill, was charged by Burlington police with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver synthetic cannabinoid, two counts sell/deliver synthetic cannabinoid, sell synthetic cannabinoid, conspiracy to sell synthetic cannabinoid, three counts felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substances, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple worthless check.

According to warrants, on Oct. 1 and Oct. 5, Robeson sold synthetic cannabinoid to a detective and maintained a store on North Church Street in Burlington to sell synthetic cannabinoid. Between May 10 and Oct. 4, Robeson allegedly possessed with intent to sell and deliver 12.2 grams of synthetic cannabinoid, conspired with George Lafern Robeson to sell synthetic cannabinoid, kept and maintained a store at 204C N. Fifth St., Mebane to sell synthetic cannabinoid and sold synthetic cannabinoid to a detective.

On Oct. 9, 2012, Robeson allegedly possessed 771 grams of synthetic cannabinoid and an estimated 1,000 glass smoking devices. Warrants also state that on Aug. 6, 2004, Robeson wrote a worthless check in the amount of $425 to Sykes Industrial Truck Repair. Edward Robeson was placed under $30,000 bond.

George Lafern Robeson, 56, of N.C. 54, Graham, was charged by Mebane police with possession with intent to sell and deliver synthetic cannabinoid, conspiracy to sell synthetic cannabinoid, felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance and selling synthetic cannabinoid.

According to warrants, Robeson possessed with intent to sell and deliver 12.2 grams of synthetic cannabinoid, sold it to detectives from May 10 to Oct. 4 and conspired with Edward Robeson to sell synthetic cannabinoid. Warrants also state George Robeson kept and maintained the store in Mebane to keep and sell synthetic cannabinoid from May 10 to Oct. 4. He was placed under $30,000 bond.

In addition, Jordan Michael Colapietro, 22, of Bent Oak Drive, Snow Camp, was charged by Burlington police with five counts of sell/deliver synthetic cannabinoid. According to warrants, Colapietro sold synthetic cannabinoid to detectives on May 3, May 30, Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. He was placed under $5,000 bond.

Frederick Jacob Pickard, 20, of Sherwood Drive, Burlington, was charged Tuesday, Oct. 9 by the Burlington Police Department with sell/deliver synthetic cannabinoid. According to warrants, Pickard sold synthetic cannabinoid to a detective on June 27. His was placed under $2,500 bond.

Mark Christopher Boyd, 21, of Burlington, was charged with three counts of sell and deliver a synthetic cannabinoid. He was placed under $1,000 bond.

In November 2010, the Times-News did a report on synthetic marijuana, which was legal to sell at the time and was sold under a variety of names, including “K2” “Spice,” “Head Funk,” “Genie,” “Yucatan Fire,” “Lion’s Tail” and “Smoke.”

At the time, the Purple Peddler sold K2 and Head Funk in the tobacco section of the store. At the time, Robeson told the Times-News he sold it because his customers asked for it.

In June 2011, a law went into effect in North Carolina that made it illegal to sell synthetic marijuana.

According to the Purple Peddler’s Facebook page, the store was open as usual Wednesday.

“It’s business as usual at the Purple Peddler — 1 little raid isn’t enough to stop this family owned and operated business — stay tuned for more info,” the Facebook status said. The page has 530 likes.

Synthetic drug “spice” linked to at least six kidney failures

A form of synthetic marijuana known as “spice” has caused at least a half-dozen cases of sudden kidney failure in Oregon and southwest Washington since May, the Oregon Health Authority reported Friday.

The agency said experts are analyzing samples to determine what toxin is causing problems. It has also asked doctors across the region to report cases of kidney failure that might be linked to the drug.

“This is not just a bad trip,” said Gary Schnabel, executive director of the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, which voted to ban the sale and possession of synthetic cannabis products last year. “We are talking about your kidneys, and you only have two of them.”

The six patients requiring hospitalization were from the Portland, Salem and Roseburg areas, as well as Vancouver, Wash. The most recent case occurred in late September.

Five of the patients were 18 or younger, and all were male. Though they have been discharged, they remain at heightened risk for kidney problems later in life.

Spice, which is typically smoked, is a mixture of plant material sprayed with a designer drug similar to THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. It’s marketed under street names such as “K2,” ”herbal incense” and “potpourri.”

Sharon Su, M.D., a kidney specialist at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, began treating a 17-year-old boy in August. (Read his firsthand account)

“His kidneys were shutting down,” Dr. Su told KATU News Friday.

“He was in really bad shape,” Su said. “He did not eat for several days. He was in a lot of pain, which is really unusual for kidney failure.”

Federal law enforcement does have a good lead on which batch of synthetic marijuana is tainted because of cooperation from the family of the boy Su treated.

What are some good herbal incense

I already know of a few but what are some good ones?
Please don’t tell me the warnings of smoking this i already know.
These are the kind i know of 
Legal Devil (7x)
Devils wrath (11x)
High Riders
Godfather limited edition (25x)

That’s from my least favorite to my favorite.
Diablo and Scooby snax are the next types i’m going to try but any other suggestions? (:

Spice forum in Hoover

HOOVER, Ala (WIAT) – Spice was taken off the streets and made illegal in 2011. But just because it’s no longer legal doesn’t mean it’s gone.

That was the topic at a forum at Simmons Middle School in Hoover Tuesday night. Lt. Mike Reese, an investigator with the Alabama ABC Board, says since the criminalization of the drug it’s gone underground like all other illicit narcotics.

But this isn’t just a law enforcement problem. For some it’s a life and death issue. Steve Murphree’s son Brandon killed himself July 3, 2011. Murphree says it was the hallucinations caused by the drug that drove his son to shoot himself.

The dangers have been made clear, so what is the draw. What is it that makes Spice attractive. One former user says it’s the high. 17 year old Zachary Higginbotham says it’s a very different high than marijuana – something similar to the high from using inhalants.

Attention All Readers – You Must Know

All yellow Porsche 997 Turbo

First i would like to thank each and every reader that has made our blog one of the largest if not the largest for herbal incense and bath salt reviews and news. I have had so many emails these past 2 months asking me if you can buy herbal incense products from me. I just dont have time to email every request back that i get and i never want a reader to think that we are not interacting with you.

Here is the facts, we do not in any way shape or form sell herbal incense products. We are simply a resource for information in the herbal incense spice world. We enjoy giving readers information about the herbal incense spice busts and the incense industy reviews on herbal products. I know that the DEA and law enforcement has cracked down hard on several business across the USA over the past 2 months and now herbal incense is much harder to find.

I know this because everyday i get all the news and busts from our large database of resources and news streams. But i want to make it very clear we are only a resource for learning everything there is to know about herbal incense and news. We do not sell, stock, or tell clients where to buy herbal products or bath salts. If a client sends us a sample of there herbal incense products and its a legal product, we will review that product and write a post to edcuate the public on what we feel about that product. Keep in mind everyone has a different opion about herbal products and everything in life.

Here is an example, i have a freind of mine that bought a brand new porsche and its an amazing car. But that car is bright yellow and to me its screams UGLY. Now everyone else might just love yellow porsches, but i cant stand yellow cars. Now if i was to write a review about that bright yellow car i would say what a nice ride but bad choice in the cars color. Lets say i posted a pic it here

Now how many of you think this yellow porsche 997 turbo is amazing? Well when i look at it i just see a yellow BEE.

So my point is that everyone does not agree on everything. Many times when i post about a herbal incense i have tried i do my best to insure that i let people know just how strong there herbal spice is. Well to me – a daily smoker, its not as strong as someone that might only smoke once a month. Thats why i do my best to be honest so that my readers know what there getting before they get it. But thats only my opion. If i here of any great websites selling wholesale herbal incense i will make a post and update you and try to do a mass email on all the requests that i get for it.

But honstly i dont like to tell people where to buy any products, just give you a review of what i tried what my personal opion is of that product and where i got it from.
Hope this helps and as always thanks for all the support from our readers. It really is awesome. We have over 300,000 visits per week and thats truly amazing!

Synthetic Drug Ring In Allentown Busted By DEA

Thats right 15 people were arrested in bust of alleged synthetic drugs operation run from Allentown warehouse.
NORRISTOWN, Montgomery County — The inventory in an old east Allentown warehouse was a drug user’s paradise: rows and rows of colorful glass smoking bongs, boxes holding thousands of grinders and scales, hundreds of rolling papers and about $200,000.

For store owners in the region looking to score chemically enhanced drugs like bath salts and synthetic marijuana, not to mention the goods needed to smoke them, J&L Wholesale Distributors at 1006 Hanover Ave. was the place to go, authorities say.

J&L’s lucrative enterprise, housed in a nondescript building near a day care center and in a school zone, kicked into high gear when synthetic drugs were declared illegal in Pennsylvania a year ago, authorities said.

But that came crashing down Thursday for J&L owner Kenneth Grossman when police rounded up him and 14 others, mostly from the Lehigh Valley. Authorities said they say helped push a relatively cheap high on drug users from the Lehigh Valley to New Jersey.

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All were charged with participating in a corrupt organization and profiting from the proceeds of illegal activity, both first-degree felonies, and related drug offenses.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said during a news conference with Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin that the elaborate drug sting, known as “Operation Bowls, Bongs and Beyond,” put a dent in the drug trade in both counties, yielded synthetic marijuana, two tractor-trailers filled with paraphernalia, plus several guns.

Police also seized more than $900,000, including money from the warehouse and several bank accounts, and dozens of common items such as soda cans, sugar containers and clocks that were hollowed out to create secret compartments used to hide drugs.

Grossman, 52, of 820 E. Chew St., Allentown also was part of a partnership that ran Insense Specialties, which supplied the illegal drugs, mainly synthetic marijuana and bath salts, authorities said. The others in the partnership were: Jason Grossman, 24, of 1847 Cloverdale Road, Bethlehem; Rajwant Thind, 30, of 6498 Overlook Road, Orefield; and Malwinder Mangat, 26, of 1016 Hilltop Court, Leesport.

Martin said the arrests show authorities are making good on their pledge last year to crack down on store owners selling the drugs that became illegal in August 2011 and their suppliers.

“Hopefully, they will get the message that we will prosecute,” Martin said.

Known as designer drugs, the substances are made from natural herbs and synthetic chemicals to mirror the effects of drugs like marijuana. But the drugs have been known to cause erratic and violent behavior in those who take them. Police say people high on the synthetic drugs have unusual strength and tolerance to pain.

Ferman said she was particularly disturbed that the drugs were targeted at youngsters, with packaging labeled “Scooby Snax” and with the Batman emblem. She pointed out an incident in June 30 during which a 20-year-old man from Upper Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, involved in a vehicle crash told medics that he was hallucinating after smoking a substance called “K-2” and took his hands off the wheel “to see what happened.”

“This is a huge, profitable business and these people are in it for the money,” Ferman said. “This is a community [in Allentown] where children are in the neighborhood. These are toxic, dangerous substances.”

Ferman said J&L became the prime target of the probe involving multiple police departments after investigators realized that items seized in store busts all led back to the warehouse. Among the stores that allegedly distributed the drugs and paraphernalia: Deli Mart, South Whitehall Township; Trexler Plaza Sunoco in Upper Macungie Township; the EZ Shoppe in East Greenville; Main Street Market in Schwenksville; and U.S. Gas in Upper Frederick Township.

Detective Joseph P. Kelly Jr. of Souderton police, who helped head the investigation, said Grossman even took his show on the road to branch out, bringing samples to an October 2011 “head shop” convention in Atlantic City, N.J.,

Police went as far as setting up a fake business in Souderton to order items from J&L, and used multiple informants to pin down all of the players.

Thind, identified in court records as manager of the Trexler Plaza Sunoco at 5917 Tilghman St., Upper Macungie, told police that Kenneth Grossman took a majority of the synthetic drug product orders and that Thind and Mangat filled the orders and sent the products to customers.

The others charged were employees of Grossman’s company or store owners who bought items from J&L and resold them.

They include: Kunal G. Patel, 42, of 377 Indigo Way, Upper Macungie; Jaymin G. Patel, 45, of 457 Wild Mint Lane, Upper Macungie; Dean A. Fenstermaker Jr., 29, of 4272 Windsor Drive, Upper Macungie; Jeffrey Robertson Jr., 25, of 10441 Trexler Road, Upper Macungie; Abdulah F. Soonasra, 64, of 1713 Brookstone Drive, Alburtis; Lisa A. Zupa, 35, of 233 Harvard Avenue, Palmerton; Mohammed F. Rahman, 42, of Lansdale; Ibrahim Fayez Saloum, 41, of Schwenksville; Amy N. Velazquez, 30, of Schwenksville; Yashvant M. Patel, 49, of East Greenville; Yogesh Patel, 44, of East Greenville.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting all of the cases.

Bath salts’ popularity points to dangerous trend

The new drug hit Batavia’s youth like the plague.
A piercing artist at Affliction Tattoo shop, Eric Betz, had seen his fair share of stoned, high and tripping substance abusers.
But nothing like the girl he saw in the park next to his house smashing her head into a cement wall.
“Ever see Batman?” he asked. “They act like the Joker: Psychotic. Aggressive. Paranoid.”
The culprit was “bath salts,” the increasingly popular narcotic associated with violent acts and paranoia. Bath salts were sold legally in head shops and corner stores across New York State up until two weeks ago, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a crackdown on synthetic drugs sweeping the nation. The governor unveiled new state Health Department regulations making it illegal to buy or sell these synthetic drugs, with violators facing up to $500 in fines and up to 15 days in jail.
Experts say that while making the drugs illegal may cut down on the number of cases reported, it will likely not annihilate the drug.
“We banned marijuana, cocaine and heroin, but they’re still out there,” said Senior Detective Alan Rozansky, head of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Squad.
The drug isn’t related to regular bath salts used in bathing, which are made of actual salt and added fragrances. But the narcotics were sometimes sold under that label.
The drug is in fact synthesized from various methamphetamine-like chemicals, allowing it to be inhaled, swallowed or injected.
As a new drug, its effects have yet to be fully understood, though research indicates it’s highly addictive.
Its use nationwide spiked in the past year. In 2010, poison control centers reported receiving 304 phone calls related to bath salts. Last year, that number shot up to 6,138, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
The powdery substances were previously sold in small packets at head shops or corner stores – and often most accessible over the Internet.
Prices ranged from $25 to $50 for a 50-milligram packet.
Though generically referred to as “bath salts,” they’ve been sold under names such as Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Red Dove, White Dove, Blue Silk and Zoom. Sometimes they were labeled as plant food.
The bath salts have been manufactured with legal chemicals, allowing distributors to sell them without criminal penalty.
While “bath salts” aren’t methamphetamine or cocaine, experts say they could be more threatening because they were only recently made illegal, and because the community has yet to build up the same fear that surrounds other drugs.
Last year, after several minors showed up at hospitals with bath salt-related symptoms – hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and rapid heart rates – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. authorized search warrants for the drug sellers and several arrests were made, including that of a Williamsville man accused of selling synthetic marijuana from two shops in Tonawanda, where authorities also seized bath salts.
While the drug itself was still legal at the time of the raids, Hochul said the sales were illegal under the Federal Analog Act because the bath salts had the same effect as a regulated drug, such as methamphetamine and that the seller sold the drug for purposes of human consumption.
Authorities said the sellers would tell undercover officers something like, “It gives you a good high.”
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office filed lawsuits in 12 counties last month, accusing 16 stores of violating state labeling laws, after investigators found head shops selling bath salts, among other synthetic drugs, in packages that failed to list ingredients.
Pavilion International, which operates shops at 3234 Main St. in Buffalo and 4225 Transit Road in Amherst, was among those sued.
While Genesee County had more highly publicized episodes and greater community involvement in protesting the drug’s use, Hochul said a similar number of cases are seen in Buffalo. They are just overshadowed by a wide range of other crimes that get more publicity, he said.
In Batavia, the use of bath salts declined since police shut down the 420 Emporium, a major market for the drug, said Detective Rich Schauf of the Batavia Police Department.
The fact that bath salts are now illegal should also decrease their use, he said.But he is concerned that, because the drug was once legal, people will believe it isn’t harmful and make them curious to try it.
“Up until now, you could walk into the store and buy it,” he said.
Because of the new regulations and educational programs, Schauf said he believes people are starting to understand that the drug was never intended for recreational use and is dangerous.
“It’s a common misconception that ‘legal’ equals ‘safe,’ ” he said. “That’s not the case at all.”
Bath salts have increased the workload at Batavia’s United Memorial Medical Center’s emergency room, according to Chief Medical Officer Michael Merrill.
“At one point, we had patients coming in every day,” he said.
Merrill describes bath salts as “designer drugs meant to be effective,” and particularly dangerous due to their link with violent acts.
The new drug, though, has been especially troubling to Betz, the tattoo shop employee, who said he knows about 15 people who use it.
He and his co-workers have created a Facebook page, Let’s Beat Bath Salts, where people in the area have shared stories of what they’ve witnessed in order to stir their crusade against the drug’s use.
“I’ve watched them destroy their lives, lose their money and their self-respect,” he said.

Senator Griffo and Assemblyman Braunstein unveil anti-bath salts bill to toughen penalties

State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/IP -Rome), supported by Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein (D-Bayside),have unveiled new legislation designed to meet the rising use of the drugs with legislation that will help protect the public. The legislation is also supported by Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi (D/WF/IP-Utica), in response to an escalation of bath salts use in his district.

“In 2011, we took a strong role to address the issue of these hallucinogenic drugs being sold in New York, and we passed a good law that Gov. Cuomo signed last July. However, what we are seeing in recent days is a dramatic upsurge in incidents in which the violent, bizarre behavior of individuals who have confronted the police is being linked to their use of these drugs. As such, I am going to be working with my partners in the Senate, Assembly and Governor’s office to pass legislation that will take stronger action, because I believe the response to what we are seeing is to take even stronger measures to protect families and our law enforcement personnel,” Griffo said.

“Between the time we developed last year’s legislation and this summer, we have seen an explosion of synthetic drugs that are causing serious law enforcement, health and mental health problems for communities and families across New York State,” said Braunstein. “Our goal with this new legislation is to respond to the concerns addressed to us by law enforcement and develop a bill that will give them the tools needed to crack down harder in order to end the widespread misuse of these drugs.”

“One of the reasons the use of bath salts has skyrocketed in recent weeks is its easy availability,” said Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi (D/WF/IP-Utica.) “I am joining with Senator Griffo and Assemblyman Braunstein as a sponsor on this legislation, because I believe it will make it much more difficult for store owners to sell these products. When people use these drugs, they often become violent and irrational, and this has become a serious public safety issue. It is important that we get the message across to store owners and individuals that if they sell these products, they can face significant criminal penalties.”

The new bill would classify substituted cathinones (these products, often referred to as “bath salts”, are chemically related to methamphetamines and ecstasy – which are both classified as stimulants) as Schedule I stimulant controlled substances and create a Statewide substituted Cathinone Surrender Program to allow for surrender of these harmful substances to appropriate authorities. Griffo noted that his initial legislation criminalized the sale of “bath salt” products containing Mephedrone and MDPV. Since then, a current practice of making minor alterations to chemicals to subvert statutes that prohibit distinct chemicals made it possible for slightly altered “bath salt” products to continue to be sold in New York State. Braunstein noted that in this new legislation, by adding substituted cathinones to the CSA based on foundational chemical structures, this loophole of chemical alteration would be closed. Not only will this bill provide criminal sanctions, but also makes it a felony to sell such product to a minor or on school grounds

Senator Griffo praised Assemblyman Braunstein, who has sponsored previous bills on bath salts with him, and also Assemblyman Brindisi for his support for laws in response to the dangerous increase in bath salts use.

“There is a can-do spirit in Albany that says when there is a public safety priority to address, we work as partners and we move as fast as we can and we work as hard as we can to get results,” Griffo said. “Assemblyman Braunstein’s efforts will help make New York safer. I appreciate the partnership with Assemblyman Brindisi so that we can move this bill swiftly through both chambers when we return to Albany. Protecting the people knows no party lines.”

“I am proud to work together again with Senator Joseph A. Griffo, to pass this bill, which would strengthen our previous legislation by preventing drug dealers from evading the law by changing the chemical composition of ‘bath salts.’ These dangerous meth-like drugs have caused numerous violent and tragic incidents throughout the country and we must take stronger action against ‘bath salts’ in order to protect the public as well as law enforcement officers,” Assemblyman Braunstein said.

According to UPSTATE Medical University and the Upstate New York Poison Center “bath salts” is a common term used for man-made stimulant (upper) drugs that are similar to “ICE” methamphetamine (or crystal meth). Since they are very similar to other stimulant (upper) drugs like meth (amphetamine), they are very dangerous when used. “Bath salts” can be snorted, smoked, or even put in water and injected using a needle. They come in a variety of different and attractive packaging with enticing names like “Cloud Nine”, “White Lightening.” “Purple Rain”, “Pixie Dust”, and many more. These drugs stimulate the nervous system (brain) and the cardiac system (heart). Severe symptoms may occur including convulsions, seizures, chest pain, excessive sweating, hallucination, anger/violence, suicidal thoughts and action. The use of “bath salts” can cause heart attacks, permanent brain damage and scary hallucinations that can last for days or even weeks. Behavior can result in suicide or the harm to or killing of others. The Upstate New York Poison Center has received 198 cases of reported incidents related to “bath salts” so far in 2012. Central New York has been particularly hard hit, with Oneida County having 36 cases in 2012, as opposed to 8 in 2011; Onondaga County 35 (9 in 2011); Oswego County 17 Cases (10 in 2011); and Madison County having 15 cases (none in 2011).

Griffo said, “These so-called ‘bath salts’ are not the same as aromatic bath salts. They contain a potentially lethal mix of synthetic drugs and serve no purpose other than to get the user high. My legislation sought to ban these dangerous substances so we may help keep our young people safe and give our law enforcement the authority to rid our State of these dangerous drugs. What we are finding since the law took effect is that more action is needed because of the incidents taking place across Central New York.”

Braunstein added: “Dangerous substances are being marketed under many names, but the result is the same – damaging effects to the user and potentially dangerous situations for the police and community. Our new bill will help to stop this epidemic.”