Missouri House backs ban on hallucinogenic 'bath salts'
By KMOV Web Producer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has endorsed bans on synthetic forms of marijuana and hallucinogenic drugs marketed as "bath salts."
The House backed legislation Monday to expand the definition of marijuana in Missouri law to include not only the cannabis plant, but also manufactured forms of marijuana. Possession of up to 35 grams of those synthetic forms would be a misdemeanor and higher amounts would be a felony.
Sponsor Ward Franz, a West Plains Republican, says the substances cause users to act violently toward themselves or others.
The Legislature passed a similar law last year banning one synthetic form of marijuana called "K2." But before that law went into effect, vendors changed their chemical compounds to sell several different varieties of the drug, which are covered by the legislation endorsed Monday.
Bath Salts bill is HB641
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