SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Senate has passed a bill that would make it a crime to possess certain synthetic drugs that are growing in popularity among teenagers.
Lawmakers passed SB1283 on a 37-0 vote Thursday.READ MORE: 'I'm Broken Emotionally': Woman Hurt After Violent Beverly Hills Robbery Speaks Out
The bill by Democratic Sen. Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton targets synthetic marijuana or stimulants known as “spice” and “bath salts.” It currently is illegal to sell the so-called designer drugs, but there is no law against use and possession.
The bill imposes an infraction and a $250 fine for the first possession, followed by an increase in fines and required drug treatment. The third violation would be punishable by a misdemeanor.READ MORE: 'I'm Shocked' Say Redondo Beach Neighbors After Learning That Man In His 30s Was Shot, Killed
Galgiani says the drugs have triggered full-blown psychotic episodes. Her office says that in one case a person who used bath salts ate the face off someone else.
The bill now moves to the Assembly.MORE NEWS: Bell Gardens Police Find`Ghost Gun' While Searching For Suspect
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