AUGUSTA — Maine is taking another step to control street drugs known as bath salts.

Gov. Paul LePage today signed into law a bill, LD 1852, to provide a more comprehensive ban on the possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs.

Maine lawmakers strengthened a state law to outlaw bath salts last summer. Since the law went into effect, police have found five more similar designer drugs, which are targeted in the new legislation. The drugs have been sold at local stores and on the streets.

The new law also bans a synthetic hallucinogenic designer drug not chemically related to bath salts that was found at Marshwood Middle School in Eliot earlier this year. The drug is called 2-CE.

The bill was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Bobbi Beavers of South Berwick.

Full text and other details about the law: “An Act To Provide a More Comprehensive Ban on the Possession of Synthetic Hallucinogenic Drugs.”

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