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LePage Signs Bill Creating Penalties for Bath Salts
July 6, 2011
The Associated Press Posted July 06, 2011, at 4:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine � Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law a measure targeting synthetic drugs known as �bath salts.�
LePage signed the bill on Wednesday after conferring with Public Safety Commissioner John Morris. The bill establishes a $350 fine for possession of the substance. It also establishes penalties for trafficking that can carry jail time for repeat offenses.
Bath salts were largely unknown a year ago. But there has been a surge of emergency room visits by people who�ve overdosed on the chemicals.
Adrienne Bennett, spokewoman for the governor, said the measure is a good first step toward dealing with the chemicals that cause hallucinations.