FL Officials File Emergency Rule to Outlaw Synthetic Drugs

Tallahassee, FL - Florida's Attorney General this week outlawed 22 new synthetic drugs.

Now law enforcement officers must figure out how to enforce that ban on the drug most people call "spice."

Deputies are now visiting convenience stores and smoke shops in Leon County to make sure they know about the new emergency ban on synthetic drugs like bath salts, K2 and spice.

Willie Meggs, LCSO Vice Narcotics, stated, "our first plan is to go out to the stores in the county and to notify them of the new chemicals that are going to be illegal in this substance and try to get them to voluntarily take if off the shelf."

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the ban this week. It is now a third degree felony to sell the drugs. Drugs which Bondi says are shamelessly marketed to kids.

Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General, stated, "this is what is actually disgusting to me. Look at this. These are scooby snacks. You think this is directed at adults?"

Yet deputies say enforcing the ban will be a challenge. There is no field test for synthetic marijuana, or cannabanoids, as they're called, so deputies may not know for weeks or months whether a particular packet is illegal.

Willie Meggs, LCSO Vice Narcotics, stated, "now we have to send it off to the lab which we have a lab in Pensacola and a lab in Jacksonville and they are both backlogged. They're FDLE. They're both backed up. So we've had as long as three months wait to get the results back on these things."

FDLE is counting on stores to voluntary comply with the new law or risk deputies returning with lab tests and warrants.

Tallahassee, FL - Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, and others announced that the Attorney General's office has filed an emergency rule outlawing 22 new synthetic drugs commonly called "bath salts," "K2," or "spice."

The rule designates new synthetic drugs as "Schedule I" of controlled substances, making it a third-degree felony for an individual to "sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver" these drugs. Synthetic drugs can cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures, paranoia, tremors, and more.

Attorney General Bondi said the drugs were no longer being targeted towards adults, but kids.

"I just want to point out to you the marketing, and this is what is actually disgusting to me. Look at this, these are "Scoobie Snacks," said Bondi as she held up one of the outlawed substances. "Do you think this is directed at an adult? This is directed at a young child."

The announcement was made Tuesday following the Governor and Cabinet meeting.

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