A Senate committee is expected to vote Wednesday on a House bill aimed at allowing the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy to ban chemicals used in manufacturing the synthetic drug known as “bath salts.” It has side effects similar to methamphetamine or cocaine.
The bill was drafted because manufacturers found a way to tweak their formulas to keep the drug on store shelves.
The bill failed to pass earlier this week over concerns whether it was constitutional.
Phoenix Sen. Linda Gray tells The Arizona Republic the bill would allow the Board of Pharmacy to ban the sale of the modified chemicals while the Legislature isn’t in session and allow lawmakers to pass bills that would make those chemicals illegal at a later date.
Sen. Ron Gould of Lake Havasu City opposes the bill because it gives the pharmacy board too much power.