U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement today after Governor Jack Markell signed into law Delaware Senate Bill 160, which bans the possession, use, sale, or delivery of synthetic cathinones, more commonly known as "bath salts."
"I applaud Governor Markell, State Senator Hall-Long and the entire Delaware State Legislature for their tireless, speedy work in recent months to outlaw these highly destructive, mind-altering, life-ruining drugs," Senator Coons said. "This law will make our families safer by ensuring that those who deal and abuse these dangerous hallucinogenic drugs are taken off our streets. Earlier this year, I cosponsored legislation in the Senate to outlaw bath salts nationally because they are clearly having a corrosive impact on our communities. In outlawing bath salts today, Delaware is once again showing itself to be a national leader in public safety, and I pledge to continue working in Washington to help provide our law enforcement officials with the resources they need to fight abuse of these drugs."
Senator Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and founder and co-chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, is a co-sponsor of the Combating Dangerous Synthetic Stimulants Act of 2011, which would add "bath salts" to the Schedule 1 list of controlled substances, and make their possession and sale illegal in the United States.