Under the label of something you’re supposedly supposed to bathe with, some lawmakers says some “bath salts” are used for something entirely different.
“Spread over food and drink, snorted or injected,” said Rep. John Tilley before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.
Sold under the names of “White Lightening” or “Red Dove,” bath salts sold in specialty or convenience stores are being used like drugs with serious or often dangerous results.
“A young mother stopped her car on I-24, dragged her two children across the median, dropped her two year old who is in critical condition and admitted to having taken bath salts,” Rep. Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, said of a recent event in western Kentucky.
If made law, you could face a misdemeanor if caught selling or using these substances. But proponents say don’t be confused, you won’t find the products in your soap aisle.
“They are being marketed under a false meaning, not bath salts, not repellent, it’s a drug,” said Tilley.
Still, some have concern of outlawing another legal product bought in stores.
“Private businesses selling this stuff are going to be losing sales. The last thing I want to see is cutting private businesses here,” said Adrianne Gilbert, who spoke out against the bill.
The bill unanimously passed the Senate panel. It has already cleared the full House.