Establishes certain additional substances as Schedule I stimulant controlled substances.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing certain additional substances as Schedule I stimulants controlled substances
PURPOSE: To prohibit the sale or distribution of any product containing 4-Methylmethcathinone, also known as Mephedrone and Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section One- Subdivision (F) of Schedule I of section 3306 of the public health law is amended by adding two new paragraphs 9,10.
Section Two- Sets forth the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Many recent news reports have brought to light the use of products claiming to be bath salts as a drug. Some of the names that the pseudo bath salts have been sold under are Cloud Nine, Scarface, White Dove, Charge +, White Lightning, Ivory Wave, Hurricane Charlie, Red Dove, and Ocean. These products can be purchased legally through the mail or on the Internet. The product is marketed as bath salts or plant food. However, through the Internet, consumers of this product are able to find out how to use this product as a drug.
This drug is snorted by users who then experience a high. However, it is being reported that users of this product are having disturbing side effects that are lasting days after ingesting the drug. Some of the side effects include extreme paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, agitations, hypertension, chest pains, headaches and suicidal thoughts.
This bill will not outlaw true bath salts that are on the market. When comparing ingredients of real bath salts (Boots Botanies Invigorating Bath Salts, Burt's Bees Therapeutic Bath Crystals, etc) to the pseudo bath salts there is no mention of the aforementioned chemicals. In the fake bath salts at least one of the chemicals is mentioned in the ingredients.
Products containing these chemicals, as well as others, have already been banned in the United Kingdom as well as Australia and Canada. Florida, North Carolina and Louisiana have already banned these substances and there is pending legislation in numerous other states.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth (30) day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3322--B Cal. No. 967 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 16, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. GRIFFO, FUSCHILLO, JOHNSON, LIBOUS, MARTINS, MAZIARZ, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading -- again amended and ordered reprinted, retain- ing its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing certain additional substances as Schedule I stimulants controlled substances THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision (f) of schedule I of section 3306 of the public health law is amended by adding two new paragraphs 9 and 10 to read as follows: (9) 4-METHYLMETHCATHINONE, ALSO KNOWN AS MEPHEDRONE. (10) METHYLENEDIOXYPYROVALERONE, ALSO KNOWN AS MDPV. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08960-04-1