Gov. Rick Scott signed a new ban on drugs such as K2, spice and bath salts Wednesday. 

The bill adds 27 new  synthetic drug compounds to Florida statute and outlaws their sale or possession. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park, and Rep. Clay Ingram, R-Pensacola, was heavily backed by Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has made the “war on drugs” her top priority.  

“Deadly synthetic drugs are targeted to our youth, and I will remain committed to banning these drugs and keeping them off of store shelves. I thank Governor Scott for signing this key public safety legislation, which was sponsored by Senator Bradley and Representative Ingram,” Bondi said in a press release.

The state has tried to outlaw the drugs in the past, by putting a ban on the compounds used to manufacture the drugs. But chemists and manufacturers of the drugs keep tweaking the chemical makeup of the drugs to skirt the state law and keep their products on the shelves.

Individuals who sale or possess the synthetic drugs that are typically marketed to teens could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. However, if the sale of the banned synthetic drugs occurs within 1,000 feet of a public or private K-12 school, the seller could face up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.