It's powdery, it will get you high if you snort it, and it's legal — for now, at least.
But lawmakers from several states, including Pennsylvania, are looking to ban the sale of "bath salts," capsules containing powder that many fiends crush and snort to feel a high similar to cocaine. What will they think of next?
"These substances are used as an alternative to cocaine and cause dangerous side effects such as extreme paranoia, hallucinations and disorientation, all of which can lead to extreme violent behavior," state Senator Larry Farnese said in a release Monday, announcing that he's introducing a bill to ban the substances.
Use of the drug landed a Northeast Pennsylvania couple in jail, and cost them custody of their 5-year-old daughter, after police said they nearly stabbed her while trying to kill the 90 people they said were living in the walls of their apartment.
A pilgrimage from Rittenhouse Square to South Street Monday revealed that many Philadelphia smoke-shops do not sell the drug. One South Street store owner, who declined an interview, said selling bath salts was essentially like selling cocaine.