JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an emergency rule Tuesday outlawing 22 new synthetic drugs, commonly called "bath salts," "K2" or "Spice."
The emergency rule designates new synthetic drugs as Schedule I 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 other symptoms. "Synthetic cannabinoids have been linked to thousands of emergency department visits across the country, and a majority of those visits are by patients ages 12-29," stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. "I am grateful to our law enforcement partners and the health care community for their continued dedication to protecting Florida's youth from these horrible drugs."
"These dangerous drugs are widely available in smoke shops, truck stops, convenience stores and through the internet," said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. "Retailers who stock these products have two options: surrender their inventory or face enforcement action."
First for You: First Coast News contacted local law enforcement agencies to ask how they will enforce the new rule.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said it is communicating with local business partners to make them aware of the emergency rule and to ensure that they are in compliance. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office stated when asked about communication and enforcement, "We do not comment on what they do and what they are doing to inform the business owners."
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