HARRISBURG, June 15, 2011 — State Sen. John P. Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded a Senate concurrence vote on House amendments to Senate Bill 1006, banning the production, use, sale and possession of dangerous bath salts and synthetic marijuana in Pennsylvania.

“I commend my colleagues in both chambers of the legislature for their swift action to ban these substances, which have become an enormous threat to public safety,” Blake said. “This issue was of particular concern to my Senate district. The preventative actions taken by the mayor and by law enforcement officials in the City of Scranton in April evidenced an urgency for action by the General Assembly.”

Blake commended Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola for advancing a ban on these dangerous substances within Scranton city limits earlier this year.

Concentrated bath salts contain a chemical known as MDPV, which can mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamine.

Senate Bill 1006 also bans salvia divinorum, a psychoactive drug that can produce hallucinations, and it also prohibits the sale of synthetic marijuana.

The ban contained in Senate Bill 1006 now goes to Gov. Tom Corbett for enactment.

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