COLUMBUS: An Ohio ban on the sale of synthetic, recreational drugs marketed as "bath salts" is awaiting Gov. John Kasich's signature.
Multiple media outlets report the substances would be subject to the same penalties as marijuana, under legislation approved by Ohio lawmakers earlier this week.
The Ashland Times-Gazette quotes Republican state Rep. Keith Faber of Celina (seh-LY'-nuh) as saying "this isn't your grandmother's bath salts" but a very dangerous substance related to a number of deaths in Ohio.
The crystalized chemicals are snorted, swallowed or smoked and can cause paranoia and hallucination. Their use has sparked hundreds of calls to poison centers nationwide.
Information from: Ashland Times-Gazette, http://www.times-gazette.com