Bath salts bill passes Assembly

The Assembly passed 74-2 the bill to criminalize balt salt sales.

Called Pamela’s Law, bill S2829 would criminalize bath salts sales because of the potential for abuse of some of the chemicals they contain.

Two legislators on the opposite sides of the political spectrum – Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25) of Morris Township and Reed Gusciora (D–15) of Trenton voted no.

The law is commonly known as Pamela’s Law in memory of Rutgers University student Pamela Schmidt whose body was discovered March 13 in the basement of the home of her boyfriend’s parents.

The boyfriend, charged in her death, may have been using bath salts, which contain highly addictive chemicals linked by authorities to increased blood pressure and heart rate, as well as hallucinations, paranoia, and other problems.

This bill would make it a crime of the third degree to possess, manufacture, distribute or dispense, or to possess or have under one’s control with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense products containing: 4-methylmethcathinone (mephedrone, 4-MMC); 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV); 3,4-methylenedioxymethcathinone (methylone, MDMC), 4-methoxymethcathinone (methedrone, bk-PMMA, PMMC); 3-fluoromethcathinone (3-FMC); or 4-fluoromethcathinone (flephedrone, 4-FMC). A crime of the third degree is punishable by a three to five years imprisonment, a $15,000 fine, or both.

Bath salts bill passes Assembly