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Ban on ‘Bath Salts’ Goes to Governor (as a misdemeanor)

The Senate joined the House Monday in unanimously approving a bill to prohibit possession and sale of methcathinone, now sold legally as “bath salts” or “Molly plant food.”
The bill that was approved, HB457, simply makes the new crime a misdemeanor. Other bills called for making possession and sale of the drug a felony, but the projected costs of incarcerating those convicted promoted a switch to a simple misdemeanor with no mandated jail time.
Law enforcement officers say is being increasingly abused. The bill passed the Senate 32-0 under sponsorship of Sen. Charlotte Burks, D-Monterey, and cleared the House 96-0 under sponsorship of Rep. Ryan Williams, R-Cookeville. It now goes to the governor for his signature.

Creating Crimes in Hard Budget Times

Bath Salts’: From Legal Sales to Felony
A bill to outlaw methcathinone, a drug sometimes known as “bath salts” that is currently legal in Tennessee, has easily cleared its first committee hurdle but final passage may be in jeopardy because of the state’s tight budget.
Legislative staff has estimated that, if SB329 becomes law, it would cost the state about $500,000 per year to incarcerate those convicted of violations. The bill makes possession with intent to sell a Class B felony, which carries a prison sentence of eight to 30 years, while simple possession would be a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 11 months, 29 days in jail.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill sponsored by Sen. Eric Stewart, D-Belvidere, last week 9-0 after hearing TBI Assistant Director William Benson and others testify that methcathinone is dangerous, addictive and increasingly popular among teenagers and young adults.

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