Bourne bill to ban sale of 'bath salts' sent to governor

Legislation to crack down on the sale of synthetic cathinones, or “bath salts,” passed the Illinois House Tuesday without opposition.

The bill passed the Senate last month, also without opposition, so it now goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

These dangerous drugs, which can cause hallucinations and severe aggression in users, are often disguised and labeled as actual bath salts and other common products when sold.

“This is just one really small way of going at the issue,” said Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Raymond, the bill’s House sponsor. “The goal of the legislation was to make it so that retailers couldn’t sell it, and it gives some teeth to the ability of state’s attorneys to prosecute them.”

Under Senate Bill 210, retailers selling bath salts can lose their retail license and be charged with a Class 3 felony, which carries a fine of up to $25,000 and up to five years in prison. Read more on SJ-R.