State legislators sent House Bill 121, which is aimed at the wave of synthetic drugs marketed as bath salts but rampantly being abused as synthetic drugs, to Gov. Steve Beshear’s office to be signed into law last Friday.
The legislation seeks to ban the sale, manufacture or possession of those substances in Kentucky. Violators would face misdemeanor charges that could result in jail time and fines.
The products are sold under such brand names as “Red Dove,” “White Ivory” and “Disco Bath Salts.”
The bill moved through the House by a 94-0 vote and gained final passage on a 34-0 Senate vote Friday. It now goes to Beshear, and his signature would put the ban into effect immediately because the bill contains an emergency clause.
Nicholasville police Maj. John Branscum said the bill is a start, but there is much work to be done to eliminate the problem.