An Act To Prohibit the Sale or Possession of So-called Bath Salts Containing Dangerous Synthetic Drugs
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, certain synthetic hallucinogenic drugs marketed as bath salts are powerful stimulant drugs that are suspected to have been designed to avoid prosecution and are commonly available on the Internet; and
Whereas, there exists a perception that these so-called bath salts pose a safer alternative to other drugs that are illegal but use of these bath salts is known to produce a number of severe side effects, including organ failure, and death; and
Whereas, prohibiting the use and possession of these so-called bath salts is an urgent public safety matter; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §§2390 to 2394 are enacted to read:
§ 2390. Unlawful possession of certain synthetic hallucinogenic drugs
§ 2391. Unlawful trafficking in certain synthetic hallucinogenic drugs
§ 2392. Aggravated trafficking in certain synthetic hallucinogenic drugs
§ 2393. Unlawfully furnishing certain synthetic hallucinogenic drugs
§ 2394. Aggravated furnishing of certain synthetic hallucinogenic drugs
Sec. 2. Maine Revised Statutes headnote amended; revision clause. In the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 558, in the chapter headnote, the words "marijuana, scheduled drugs, imitation scheduled drugs and hypodermic apparatuses" are amended to read "marijuana, scheduled drugs, imitation scheduled drugs, certain synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and hypodermic apparatuses" and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.