By Bronwyn Saito
Channel 2 News
April 15, 2012
According to a press release from Senate Majority Leader Kevin Meyer, on Sunday lawmakers in Juneau passed Senate Bill 140 which will criminalize synthetic cathinones, throughout Alaska.
The drug, often marketed as 'bath salts,' has an effect similar to that of methamphetamine, ecstasy, or cocaine and includes symptoms such as paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, suicidal behavior and violence.
This legislation follows last year's bath salt ban in the Anchorage municipality.
With it, the possession, distribution or manufacturing of synthetic cathinones is a Class "C" felony offense if it amounts to 500 milligrams or more. Possession of less than 500 milligrams warrants a Class "A" misdemeanor.
The Bill now heads to desk of Governor Parnell for his signature.
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