In June of 2012 Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill outlawing the use of cathinones, commonly referred to as “bath salts.”
What have been called the most dangerous and addictive drugs to hit Colorado in many years, the Colorado State Legislature passed the new law very quickly. One must ask why?
The new law, passed and enacted on the signature of the Governor creates a criminal penalty for the possession of cathinones, the dangerous chemical used in bath salts.
It also creates a penalty for anyone who distributes, manufactures, sells or purchases cathinone products.
What are Bath Salts?
“Bath salts’ produce a high similar to cocaine or ecstasy, were legally available at so called Colorado “head shops” – alongside bongs, pipes, hookahs and other drug paraphernalia.
They can cause paranoia, hallucinations and aggressive behavior. The State Legislator who sponsored the law stated: “Bath salts are a dangerous substance that puts users into a psychotic state,” (said Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Durango), “They’re cheap, accessible and extremely destructive.”
Bath salts–(a synthetic drug) are still readily available online. They were first popular in the South and Midwest and only recently became popular in the Northeast. The highly-addictive drug may be snorted or injected and the high can reportedly last between 20 minutes and four hours.
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The symptoms of all types of bath salts tend to be the same. Users may become agitated or paranoid, have critically high temperatures and blood pressure, and suffer from delusions, schizophrenia, hallucinations and muscle and kidney problems after coming down from the high.
The level of drug charge that bath salt possession brings can vary, depending on the circumstances of the case as well as the defendant’s previous record.
A drug crimes defense attorney will usually first see whether the charges can be dropped or reduced. If not, for those who are charged with their first offense, it is usually important for a criminal defense attorney to look into any resolutions involving drug treatment programs and other measures. If it is a subsequent offense, it would be important for a defense attorney to follow a more aggressive strategy.
Here is the New Law:
Possession of ANY amount is a class 1 misdemeanor ( up to two years in county jail and/or $5,000.00 fine.
Manufacture, Sale or Distribution is a Class 3 Felony with mandatory prison enhancers if the drug is sold to minors:
18-18-406.7. unlawful possession of cathinones.
(1) it is unlawful for any person to possess any amount of any cathinones.
(2) a person who violates any provision of subsection (1) of This section commits a class 1 misdemeanor.
18-18-406.8. unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, or sale of cathinones.
(1) it is unlawful for any person to knowingly:
(a) distribute, manufacture, dispense, or sell, or to possess with intent to distribute, manufacture, dispense, or sell, any amount of any cathinones; or
(b) induce, attempt to induce, or conspire with one or more other persons to distribute, manufacture, dispense, or sell, or possess with intent to distribute, manufacture, dispense, or sell, any amount of any cathinones.
(2) a person who violates subsection (1) of this section Commits a class 3 felony and shall be sentenced as provided in Section 18-1.3-401; except that, unless a greater sentence is
Provided under any other statute, the person shall be sentenced to the department of corrections for a term of at least the minimum, but not more than twice the maximum, of the presumptive Range provided for the offense in section 18-1.3-401 (1) (a) as modified pursuant to section 18-1.3-401 (10), if the person is at Least eighteen years of age and:
(a) distributed, dispensed, or sold; or possessed with intent to distribute, dispense, or sell; any amount of any cathinones to a minor under eighteen years of age who is at least two years younger than said person; or
(b) induced, attempted to induce, or conspired with one or more other persons to distribute, dispense, or sell any amount of any cathinones to a minor under eighteen years of age who is at Least two years younger than said person.