Dustin McDaniel attacks bath salts | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dustin McDaniel attacks bath salts

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is nowhere to be found on the immense electric rate and environmental questions surrounding coal-burning power plants, once a popular playpen for pols.

But, by God, he is all over bath salts — and other so-called synthetic drugs. People are sniffing certain forms of them or smoking them or something and he's going to make it a crime to sell them. See his release. A form of sage (mighty good battered and fried) is one of the targets, apparently. It's a plant, not a synthetic, for what it's worth.

Note this: McDaniel's release describes himself as the state's "top law enforcement officer." McDaniel and others in this office typically complain when this label is applied — generally when there's been a letdown in the criminal justice system. They say then, correctly, that the attorney general is not a law enforcement officer, nor does he direct any law officers, save for his personal police force. The office handles appeals of criminal convictions, but the prosecutors enforce the law. Except on bath salts, I guess.

NEWS RELEASE

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued the following statement today regarding Senate Bill 423, which would classify several synthetic drugs as Controlled Substances, thus prohibiting their sale and use in the State:

“As the State’s top law enforcement officer, I am committed to keeping harmful synthetic substances off store shelves and out of the hands of our children. Among my legislative priorities this year is SB 423 that would ban these substances, commonly known as ‘bath salts,’ ‘K2,’ and ‘salvia.’

“All three of those substances have emerged in the last year as significant dangers to public health, creating damaging side effects and a high risk for abuse. Just this year alone, poison control officials in Arkansas have received more than a dozen calls regarding ingestion of ‘bath salts,’ a stimulant that can cause extreme paranoia and hallucinations.

“I commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for their ‘Do Pass’ recommendation of SB 423 on Monday afternoon and look forward to working with the Legislature to adopt this very important legislation. I thank the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Percy Malone and Rep. John Vines, for their work on this bill.

“There’s no place in our State for any of these materials, and I will continue to fight to protect Arkansans from these types of hazards.”

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