Governor Scott Signs Synthetic Drugs Ban

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There's a new weapon in the battle against synthetic drugs in Florida.

Governor Rick Scott signed a bill banning six new synthetic drugs in the state.

It comes after Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi testified before a Senate Committee in February making that request.

The new law makes it a third degree felony to sell, make or deliver the drugs.

Bondi told lawmakers in February the drugs can look, smell and even feel like cotton candy.

And they're being marketed to 12 to 14 year old children.

Governor Scott said he signed the bill to keep Florida's families and visitors safe.

Bondi thanked the governor for what she calls a key public safety bill.

She says Florida medical examiners just began documenting synthetic drug deaths.

Bondi says that effort will help track trends in synthetic drug use.

By: Andy Alcock

February 12, 2014, 6pm

They can smell, look and even feel like cotton candy.

But, instead they're dangerous synthetic drugs being marketed to children.

On Wednesday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi told a state senate committee she wants 6 more synthetic drug compounds banned in the state.

Bondi told lawmakers this problem started with producers making them overseas in Asia.

However, she now says the products are being made in America because they're so profitable.

She also says they're being marketed to 12 to 14 year olds.

Bondi says through executive order and with help from the legislature, about 160 of the synthetic drug compounds have been banned.

But she says there's more work to do.

"We're running them out of our state,” said Bondi. “We're running them underground,” she said. “They're being sold by unscrupulous clerks,” Bondi said.
“If anyone sees them, please turn them in right away," she said.

In addition to asking lawmakers to outlaw six new synthetic drugs, the attorney general also wants to toughen state law.

Bondi would like to make it a drug trafficking offense for selling large quantities of synthetic drugs.

The lawmakers who spoke say they want to give the attorney general whatever resources she needs to prosecute both the sellers and makers of synthetic drugs.

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