The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) wrapped up its convention yesterday in Las Vegas. The gathering was reportedly a success, even without the presence of bath salts and incense on display. In September, vendors were asked by NACS directors not to bring any synthetic drugs or products that have been found be illegal in their respective states.
Bath salts and synthetic marijuana have been a problem of epidemic proportions. They are powerful drugs that can mimic the sensations produced by PCP, cocaine and speed, and have been linked to a number of accounts of bizarre and violent behavior.
State and federal authorities have moved to ban bath salts, focusing on the constantly changing mix of chemicals that comprise the substances. As of July 2012, mephedrone, metheylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), methylone, and a host of other chemicals may not be used (or be included) in bath salts. However, drug makers appear to be one step ahead of authorities by creating new substances that are not covered by existing laws. As one substance is banned, drug makers use other "legal" chemicals to create a similar product.
The current federal ban signed by President Obama in July applies to 28 synthetic drugs, but some drug experts believe that over 100 different chemicals are currently used to create new products.
Nevertheless, Leigh Walls, NACS Director of Exhibit Sales and Services, reminded all potential vendors that the "United States Drug Enforcement Agency has recently listed synthetic drugs, sold as 'bath salts' or 'spice' as illegal for sale. Consequently, such items are banned from our exhibition."
Source: HuffingtonPost.com, "No 'Bath Salts' At Convenience Store Convention, Trade Group Warns Members," September 20, 2012