Staff Report of the Week: San Marcos To Ban Dangerous “Bath Salts”

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The City Council of San Marcos discussed prohibiting the distribution, possession, use, purchase and advertisement of psychoactive bath salts and herbal incense in the city. The proposed ordinance would give code compliance and law enforcement another way to crack down on these unsafe drugs.

“K2” or “Spice” as it is commonly marketed has become popular with teenagers as an alternate to other prominent illegal drugs. If the compounds of bath salts are manipulated they can act like other narcotics and create serious health problems such as violent paranoia, high blood pressure, suicidal thoughts, kidney failure, death, heart attack, seizures to name just a few. Sheriff of San Marcos County authored a letter to local retailers asking them to voluntarily agree not to sell bath salts or spice. However, deputies have reported the youth are still using these substances. Click here to view the staff report.

Chula Vista has passed a similar ordinance to this one being proposed in San Marcos. San Diego County is considering a ban on these substances as well.

The state of Arizona passed legislation in February adding bath salts to the Schedule IV substance list.

Each week, Louis Dettorre will provide the PublicCEO Staff Report of the Week. Nominate yourself or a colleague by e-mailing ldettorre@publicCEO.com This e-mail address is being Protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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