JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska legislators plan to discuss a bill that would ban a few substances sold over-the-counter and marketed as bath salts, which are a variety of chemical compounds that mimic effects of popular illicit drugs like cocaine and ecstasy.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday afternoon will consider SB140, a bill co-sponsored by Republicans Kevin Meyer and Cathy Giessel and Democrat Donald Olson.

Long-term side effects of bath salts are relatively unknown since few studies have been conducted.

The Alaska Legislature criminalized the similarly-unknown synthetic marijuana last year, which was often packaged as incense and sold over-the-counter. Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said the same is needed for bath salts during this session.