May 11, 2011 12:19 PM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An emergency ban on the sale of fake
bath salts will be put into Louisiana law, if legislators agree to a proposal that has received the backing of the House Criminal Justice Committee.
In a January emergency order, Gov. Bobby Jindal outlawed a half-dozen dangerous chemicals sold as fake bath salts and plant food. A bill by Republican Rep. Ricky Templet, from Terrytown, would write that ban into state law, while also broadening an existing prohibition on synthetic marijuana and cocaine products.
The bill heads to the full House for debate.
The fake bath salt powders - sold under names as White Lightning and Ivory Wave - can cause extreme paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, hypertension, chest pain and suicidal thoughts.