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  1. Basoodler
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    Attorney General of Ohio Mike DeWine has told some interesting stories regarding bath salts in an effort to justify his recent crackdown on them. Politifact.com, a website dedicated to truth in politics, fact-checked one of his more outragious claims.

    During a press conference, DeWine shared a story about a man on bath salts claiming his house was being attacked by arsenous raccoons that had also stolen his cell phone. This same man, DeWine claimed, took a hatchet to his porch in an attempt to find the raccoons.

    According to Politifact.com, they were able to get a transcript of a 911-call near Columbus Ohio that confirmed the story. The man called 911, stating: “‘I got raccoons in my house that are starting fires. I wonder how the hell they are doing it,’ he said. ‘I keep putting them out but they start another one. I had to drive down here because I couldn’t find my cell phone. I think one of them took it and did something with it.’”

    The man apparently told the first responders that he had done bath salts three times that day, and he was aware it was possible the raccoons were a hallucination. The back deck of the house had been destroyed, and there were no signs of any fire.

    “The Reynoldsburg man, for what it’s worth, eventually pleaded guilty to a charge of making false alarms. DeWine’s statement is accurate and there is nothing significant missing. That rates True on the Truth-O-Meter.” So, according to Politifact’s checking, it turns out that DeWine’s extreme-sounding claim was actually a true-to-life story.

    (The source I used links to legal high vendors.. can't link)

    Politifact article


  1. Basoodler
    Re: Man Blames Raccoons for Setting Fires, Stealing His Phone While On Bath Salts

    ^ I meant to put this in politics.. Dewine said that in a speech to promote a last second earmarked synthetic drug law in the state

    My intention was to attach the PDF if the law.. but the Ohio site is bugging out and I can't get it to download

    House bill 334 (Ohio) passed this month. Oddly enough it covers both arson and synthetic drugs!

    It is primarily a bill to reform the PSE laws / methamphetamine.. they added the other parts just before a vote I believe
  2. Basoodler
    Re: Man Blames Raccoons for Setting Fires, Stealing His Phone While On Bath Salts

    Law enforcement hopes bill closes synthetic drug loophole

    Ban sees little use locally

    Law enforcement and prosecutors hope new legislation will improve the state’s ban on synthetic drugs, which has seen little use locally since it took effect in October 2011.

    Chemicals in synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, and bath salts, a synthetic stimulant known to cause hallucinations, were made illegal in mid-October 2011, but flaws in the law made it difficult for prosecutors and investigators to nab criminals.

    Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office deputies raided a couple businesses in November 2011 for bath salts, but cases have been less prevalent than other central Ohio counties, said Lt. Paul Cortwright, commander of the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force, which investigates drug abuse in Muskingum, Coshocton and Licking counties.

    The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has filed 14 cases in the 15 months since synthetic drugs were made illegal. One case resulted in a conviction; others still are pending.

    However, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said that’s not a reflection of the effectiveness of the law, because his office only gets involved in special circumstances. He pointed instead to the 1,200 synthetic drug submissions tested by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in 2012.

    “The first law did have a significant impact,” he said.

    The biggest impediment to the law’s success was when chemists changed the chemical compounds of drugs to avoid the ban, DeWine said.

    “The law works well until they found a new formula,” said John Burke, president of the Ohio Task Force Commanders Association.

    Rep. Margaret Ruhl, R-Mount Vernon, said the law she co-sponsored might not solve every problem, but it took synthetic drugs off the shelves of novelty shops and gas stations and that’s a start.

    “I knew the legislation wasn’t perfect,” Ruhl said.

    Fighting fog The imperfection exploited by criminals was suppliers’ ability to change the chemical structure of the drugs, making them legal again.

    “Before the laws were written, (suppliers) knew what was coming. We had already seen the formulas begin to change,” said Lt. Ken Coontz, commander of METRICH, which investigates illegal drugs in 10 counties.

    It was important to stop the flow of the synthetic drugs, which can cause violent, dangerous behavior and hallucinations, Burke said.

    “This stuff has almost become public enemy No. 1,” he said.

    Stakeholders hope a bill sitting on Gov. John Kasich’s desk will solve that problem. House Bill 334, which makes it illegal to tweak chemicals structures on synthetic drugs among other provisions, recently passed the Ohio House of Representatives with a 94-0 vote.

    An emergency clause in the bill means the legislation would take effect immediately after Kasich signed it, DeWine said.

    The proposed legislation, initially introduced to better monitor methamphetamine ingredients, would ban chemically-similar drugs and add bulk amounts so 5 grams of bath salts is not prosecuted the same as 5 pounds, Coontz said.

    The bill also should solve problems with different sentencing penalties. Under the initial law, possession of synthetic marijuana was a minor misdemeanor offense while possession of bath salts was a felony.

    “Judges didn’t know which way to go,” Ruhl said. Under the new legislation, both would be felonies.

    Deterrence Despite its flaws, the old law deterred many store owners from stocking synthetic drugs, law enforcement and prosecutors said.

    When the law took effect, law enforcement sent letters to businesses selling the drugs, typically marked “not for human consumption” to circumvent the law, Ottawa County Drug Task Force Commander Carl Rider said.

    “It has gotten it off the stores shelves of store owners who really have no conscience for selling illegal drugs,” Coontz said.

    Others were deterred by prosecution, Fremont Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Kane said. Police raided several gas stations and businesses to remove the drugs, he said.

    In Mansfield, METRICH brought its first case against Ahmad Fares, owner of Lexington Avenue Drive-Thru, for continuing to sell bath salts after the state ban took effect. The enforcement unit seized 5,300 containers of bath salts, valued at $212,000, from his store in November 2011.

    In November, Fares was sentenced to more than three years in prison for drug possession.

    These efforts, along with those of other states, are bringing down the number of synthetic drug exposures, DeWine said.

    American Association of American Poison Control Centers reported 2,550 bath salt incidents in 2012 as of Nov. 30, a significant decrease from 6,138 in 2011. Synthetic marijuana incidents were down to 4,905 in 2012 to date from 6,959 in 2011.

    Yet, Coontz said he hasn’t noticed a decrease in synthetic drug activity, just a change in location.

    “It’s just shifted where it’s being sold,” said Coontz, adding that synthetic drugs now are used as a cutting agent for cocaine and heroin.

    Battle of the future Coontz fears some drugs won’t be covered by the new legislation, because they simply are too different to be labeled analogs. No one can promise chemists won’t come up with a new way to circumvent this law.

    “It’s going to work for a while. There’s no guarantee it’s going to work forever,” DeWine said.

    Coontz sees this as the new frontier for drug manufacturers and hopes legislators can keep up.

    “The laws just have to be tweaked,” Coontz said. “The future is in designer drugs.”

  3. hookedonhelping
    Racoons and bath salts go hand in hand. If your going to use bath salts, it's best to have enough to share with them as well. This guy obviously didn't have enough to go around and it pissed the little guys off. Let this be a lesson to everyone in climates where these critters thrive.
  4. Basoodler
    ^ you should post an official warning in the beta-ketone section

    WARNING: when consuming packaged legal highs in the presence of Procyon lotor (common raccoon) make sure you share: failing to do so can result in loss of property due to house fires set by enraged coons.

    (Reenactment of happy raccoon)

    My attempt to tie the raccoon story to the new law was kind of a fail lol.. even though they are directly related
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