The Tennessee House has approved a measure that would make it a felony to sell or manufacture synthetic drugs. The products, which are often called bath salts, imitate controlled substances. The issue has drawn increasing attention in recent months in several states.
Representative John Lundberg, a Republican from Bristol, Tennessee says synthetic drugs have become a serious concern in his district in the northeastern part of the state. Virginia banned the products and people have been crossing state lines to purchase the items in the Volunteer State, according to Lundberg. He says the drugs are not marketed for ingestion and can be purchased currently in some tobacco and convenience stores.
Lundberg's bill would allow authorities to declare the stores where the synthetic drugs are sold as public nuisances. The Tennessee Senate hasn't passed its version of the bill at this point.