Stores in South Carolina that sell bath salts and synthetic marijuana need to clear these substances off their shelves, after an announcement made by the state public health agency on Friday revealed that these substances have been declared as illegal.
The announcement also served as a warning to the stores concerned, as possession of bath salts and synthetic marijuana will soon have associated charges. Spokesman Adam Myrick shared that stores that carry these substances are urged to turn over their existing inventories to local law enforcement agencies, and pointed out that Friday’s announcement essentially provided U.S. officers with the authority to make arrests.
On Monday, the state board will convene through a teleconference to discuss the classification and allow state law enforcement agencies to make arrests on the grounds of possession of bath salts and synthetic marijuana.
Myrick said further: “People need to understand it’s illegal now. It will be illegal on a state level Monday afternoon… They need to be off the shelves. At the moment of their vote, it instantly becomes state law.”
Law enforcement officers in South Carolina called for action against bath salts and synthetic marijuana, usually marketed as “Spice” or “K2,” as they pose as health hazards to teens – or anyone who used them for that matter.