Synthetic drugs are now banned in Tennessee.
Governor Bill Haslam signed three new bills, Monday, that make it a felony to possess or distribute synthetic drugs including "bath salts."
The governor signed the bills into law at a high school in Bristol.
Lawmaker say these laws came after months of community petitions and protests.
"People in communities decide what's best for their community, they come to government and we try to figure out how to solve a real problem," Haslam said.
The governor called the drug problem a scourge on society, noting East Tennessee may be the epi-center of the problems tied to sythetic drugs and prescription pain killers.