EDISON - A New Jersey assemblywoman is proposing banning a chemical marketed as bath salts which is alleged to give the user a "cocaine-like high" after a rise in violent incidents connected to the drug's effect.

Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-District 22) wants to ban MDPV, a chemical in a type of bath salts which has risen in popularity for its alleged intoxicating effect.

The product has also been connected with a number of violent incidents including last week's murder of 22-year-old Pamela Schmidt.

Police say Schmidt was murdered by her boyfriend who was high on the drug.

Florida, Louisiana and North Dakota have all issued emergency bans of the product pending further legislation.

Suspect's mom says 'bath salt' use may have contributed to killing