S.C. health agency warns synthetic drugs now illegal

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COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s public health agency on Friday warned stores that sell mind-altering “bath salts” and synthetic marijuana that the substances are now illegal and that possession will soon bring state charges.

The board that oversees the Department of Health and Environmental Control is expected to track actions Friday by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which classified the main substances used to make bath salts and fake marijuana as illegal drugs.

The state board will meet via teleconference Monday to reflect those designations, allowing law enforcement agencies in South Carolina to immediately begin arresting people for possession.

Stores are strongly urged to turn over inventories to local law enforcement agencies, spokesman Adam Myrick said.

“People need to understand it’s illegal now. It will be illegal on a state level Monday afternoon,” he said. “They need to be off the shelves. At the moment of their vote, it instantly becomes state law.”

The federal agency’s move Friday gave arresting authority to U.S. officers, he noted.

That action also made it easier on state health officials, who were already working on an emergency regulation to ban the chemicals found in synthetic drugs that law enforcement officials say are sweeping the state.

Legislators, who return in January, are still expected to put the ban into state law, which could broaden the specific compounds that the DEA classified as illegal. Proposals to do so are already in the legislative process.

So-called bath salts are a stimulant that can mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine.

Synthetic marijuana, also known as “K2” or “Spice,” is sold as blends of herbs and plant materials coated with chemicals – most of which were created by a Clemson University scientist for research purposes in the 1990s – that produce a euphoric feeling when smoked. The compounds were never tested on humans.

Law enforcement officers across the state have been demanding action against the drugs, which they say present a health hazard to the teens and young people who buy them at about $25 a package. Some retailers have opted on their own to stop selling the products.

Despite its benign street names, synthetic marijuana has recently proved lethal in South Carolina. This month, a 19-year-old basketball player at Anderson University died after ingesting JWH-018, a chemical used to make the drug.

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copperhead 10/22/11 - 10:02 am
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ALL "drugs",from aspirin to

ALL "drugs",from aspirin to heroine, MUST be outlawed! Anyone caught with any drug needs life in prison or the death penalty! STOP DRUGS TODAY! Turn in your neighbor today and enjoy a drug-free world! The government knows best and is here to help us. Turn over complete control of your life to the government-THEY KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR US ALL!

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copperhead 10/22/11 - 10:12 am
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Did folks know that you can

Did folks know that you can get "high" if you smoke rose petals and turnip greens? These must be outlawed too.

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copperhead 10/22/11 - 10:37 am
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Amanita muscaria,colubrina

Amanita muscaria,colubrina seeds,artemisia absinthium,ayahuasca,betel nuts,kava,kratom,morning glory,woodrose seeds,nutmeg,san pedro cactus,belladonna,henbane,and mandrake MUST be outlawed today!

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copperhead 10/22/11 - 10:45 am
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Amanita muscaria,colubrina

Amanita muscaria,colubrina seeds,absinthe,wormwood,grand wormwood,absinthe wormwood,yage,huasca,diame,caapi,betel nuts,kava,kawa,kratom,thom,morning glory,woodrose seeds,and nutmeg MUST be outlawed today!

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copperhead 10/22/11 - 10:52 am
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Let's not exclude nutmeg from

Let's not exclude nutmeg from the list of illegal "drugs"!

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copperhead 10/22/11 - 10:59 am
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We also must outlaw morning

We also must outlaw morning glory!

copperhead
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copperhead 10/22/11 - 02:10 pm
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We mustn't omit woodrose

We mustn't omit woodrose seeds from the illegal list either.

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 10/24/11 - 01:00 pm
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Fact is the cartels admit

Fact is the cartels admit they pay huge bribes to tax users to protect their markets. With Obama suspected of protecting the cartel's markets and locals protecting the cartels markets one may only have to follow the money to unearth the billions in bribes. All tax users who protect cartel markets should be audited repeatedly. All monies or possessions not reported should be a violation of the bribery laws and prosecuted accordingly. The problem is most cartels just send a good looking lady to the tax users, trap them in an extramarital affair or sleeping with minors and then blackmail them into protecting their markets. Cartels have been bribing tax users so long it will be hard to detect so if tax users do things to protect the cartel markets like this, they may be taking bribes. Fact is all alcohol use plumetted after prohibition when kids could no longer get alcohol on the street. One must ask why tax users won't allow regulation to cause the same drop in drug use to occur and why they are doing things that allow kids to get these drugs almost anywhere instead of regulating these things in a way so kids can't get them.

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