ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Governor Sean Parnell signed legislation Wednesday making it illegal to possess, manufacture, sell or distribute synthetic cocaine.
Senate bill 140 classifies the synthetic, also marketed as bath salts, as a "schedule two-a" controlled substance.
The penalties for being caught with it will be the same as substances like methamphetamine, cocaine and LSD.
The use of synthetic cocaine can impair perception, reduce motor control and cause extreme paranoia and violent episodes.
Governor Parnell said the legislation recognizes the significant threat these substances pose to the health and safety of Alaskans.