An Act To Repeal Certain Maine Criminal Code Provisions Addressing So-called Bath Salts Containing Synthetic Hallucinogenic Drugs and Instead To Define Them as Schedule W Drugs
Sec. 1. 15 MRSA §5821, sub-§§1 and 2, as amended by PL 2011, c. 465, §1, are further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 15 MRSA §5821, sub-§3-A, as amended by PL 2011, c. 465, §2, is further amended to read:
Post-hearing procedures are as provided in section 5822.
A confiscated or forfeited handgun that was confiscated or forfeited because it was used to commit a homicide must be destroyed by the State unless the handgun was stolen and the rightful owner was not the person who committed the homicide, in which case the handgun must be returned to the owner if ascertainable. For purposes of this subsection, "handgun" means a firearm, including a pistol or revolver, designed to be fired by use of a single hand.
Sec. 3. 15 MRSA §5821, sub-§6, as amended by PL 2011, c. 465, §3, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 15 MRSA §5821, sub-§7, as amended by PL 2011, c. 465, §4, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. 17-A MRSA §1101, sub-§16-A, as amended by PL 2011, c. 578, §§1 and 2, is repealed.
Sec. 6. 17-A MRSA §1102, sub-§1, ¶N, as amended by PL 2001, c. 419, §5, is further amended to read:
Sec. 7. 17-A MRSA §1102, sub-§1, ¶O, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 419, §6, is amended to read:
(1) 3, 4 - methylenedioxy amphetamine, MDA;
(2) 5 methoxy - 3, 4 methylenedioxy amphetamine, MMDA;
(3) 3, 4, 5 - trimethoxy amphetamine, TMA;
(4) 4 - methyl - 2, 5 - dimethoxyamphetamine, DOM;
(5) 2, - 3 methylenedioxyamphetamine;
(6) 2, 5 - dimethoxyamphetamine, DMA;
(7) 4 - bromo - 2, 5 - dimethoxyamphetamine, DOB;
(8) 4 methoxyamphetamine;
(9) 3, 4 - methylenedioxymethamphetamine, MDMA;
(10) 4 - bromo - 2, 5 - dimethoxyphenethylamine, NEXUS;
(11) 3, 4 - methylenedioxy-N-ethylamphetamine, MDE;
(12) Paramethoxymethamphetamine, PMMA;
(13) Paramethoxyamphetamine, PMA; and
(14) Paramethoxyethylamphetamine, PMEA . ; and
Sec. 8. 17-A MRSA §1102, sub-§1, ¶P is enacted to read:
(1) 3, 4 - methylenedioxymethcathinone, MDMC;
(2) 3, 4 - methylenedioxypyrovalerone, MDPV;
(3) 4 - methylmethcathinone, 4-MMC;
(4) 4 - methoxymethcathinone, bk-PMMA, PMMC;
(5) 3 - fluoromethcathinone, FMC;
(6) 4 - fluoromethcathinone, FMC;
(7) Napthylpyrovalerone, NRG-1;
(9) 4 - methylethcathinone, 4-MEC;
(14) 2, 5 - dimethoxy-4-ethylphenethylamine; or
(15) A derivative of cathinone, including any compound, material, mixture, preparation or other product, structurally derived from 2-aminopropan-1-one by substitution at the 1-position with either phenyl, naphthyl or thiophene ring systems, whether or not the compound is further modified in any of the following ways:
(a) By substitution in the ring system to any extent with alkyl, alkylenedioxy, alkoxy, haloalkyl, hydroxyl or halide substituents, whether or not further substituted in the ring system by one or more other univalent substituents;
(b) By substitution at the 3-position with an acyclic alkyl substituent; or
(c) By substitution at the 2-amino nitrogen atom with alkyl, dialkyl, benzyl or methoxybenzyl groups or by inclusion of the 2-amino nitrogen atom in a cyclic structure.
This subparagraph does not include a drug listed in section 1102 or a drug approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Sec. 9. 17-A MRSA §1102, sub-§5, as enacted by PL 1975, c. 499, §1, is repealed.
Sec. 10. 17-A MRSA §§1119 to 1123, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 465, §6, are repealed.
Sec. 11. 17-A MRSA §1201, sub-§1, ¶A-1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 640, Pt. B, §7, is further amended to read:
(1) A Class D or Class E crime relative to which, based upon both the written agreement of the parties and a court finding, the facts and circumstances of the underlying criminal episode giving rise to the conviction generated probable cause to believe the defendant had committed a Class A, Class B or Class C crime in the course of that criminal episode and, as agreed upon in writing by the parties and found by the court, the defendant has no prior conviction for murder or for a Class A, Class B or Class C crime and has not been placed on probation pursuant to this subparagraph on any prior occasion;
(2) A Class D crime that the State pleads and proves was committed against a family or household member or a dating partner under chapter 9 or 13 or section 554, 555 or 758. As used in this subparagraph, "family or household member" has the same meaning as in Title 19-A, section 4002, subsection 4; "dating partner" has the same meaning as in Title 19-A, section 4002, subsection 3-A;
(2-A) A Class D crime under Title 5, section 4659, subsection 1, Title 15, section 321, subsection 6 or Title 19-A, section 4011, subsection 1;
(3) A Class D or Class E crime in chapter 11 or 12;
(4) A Class D crime under section 210-A;
(4-A) A Class E crime under section 552;
(5) A Class D or Class E crime under section 556, section 854, excluding subsection 1, paragraph A, subparagraph (1), or section 855;
(6) A Class D crime in chapter 45 relating to a schedule W drug;
(7) A Class D or Class E crime under Title 29-A, section 2411, subsection 1-A, paragraph B;
(8) A Class D crime under Title 17, section 1031; or
(9) A Class D crime under Title 17-A, section 1119, subsection 1; or
(10) A Class E crime under Title 15, section 1092, subsection 1, paragraph A, if the condition of release violated is specified in Title 15, section 1026, subsection 3, paragraph A, subparagraph (5) or (8) and the underlying crime involved domestic violence.
Sec. 12. 22 MRSA §2383-B, sub-§2-A, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 465, §8, is repealed.
Sec. 13. 22 MRSA §2383-B, sub-§3, ¶D-1, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 465, §9, is repealed.
Sec. 14. 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, certain synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and hypodermic apparatuses" are amended to read "marijuana, scheduled drugs, imitation scheduled drugs and hypodermic apparatuses" and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.
This bill is proposed by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission. The bill repeals provisions criminalizing synthetic hallucinogenic drugs in chapter 45 of the Maine Criminal Code and in related provisions regarding asset forfeiture in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 15 and regarding drug-related offenses in Title 22 and instead classifies these drugs as schedule W drugs. As schedule W drugs, they are treated the same as all other schedule W drugs for purposes of possession, trafficking and furnishing.
The bill also repeals an unnecessary provision of law that prohibits including a drug or substance in schedule W, X, Y or Z that is legally sold in the State without any federal or state requirements as to prescription and that is unaltered as to its form.