Attorney General Pam Bondi Outlaws Additional Synthetic Drugs

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Attorney General Pam Bondi Outlaws Additional Synthetic Drugs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi today filed an emergency rule
outlawing 22 new synthetic drugs, commonly called “bath salts,” “K2” or
“Spice.” Attorney General Bondi was joined by law enforcement officers and
a health practitioner as she announced the emergency rule designating 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.

“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.”

Attorney General Bondi was joined by the following: Commissioner Gerald
Bailey, Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Surgeon General Dr. John H.
Armstrong, Department of Health; Chief Dennis Jones, Tallahassee Police
Department, President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association; and Sheriff
Frank McKeithen, Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Representing the Florida
Sheriffs Association.

Since taking office, Attorney General Bondi has been dedicated to
protecting Floridians from synthetic drugs. In 2011, Attorney General Pam
Bondi signed an emergency rule that temporarily outlawed MDPV, commonly
known as “bath salts.” Attorney General Bondi has worked closely with the
Florida Legislature over the past two legislative sessions to add
cathinones, commonly known as “bath salts,” and cannabinoids, commonly
known as “K2” or “Spice,” to the schedule of controlled substances. She
will work with the Florida Legislature during the 2013 legislative session
to ban these 22 additional drugs permanently.

Please follow this link to view a copy of the emergency rule:

http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/MMFD-92VKZ8/$file/ER

+RuleOAGRuleCertification12-11-2012.pdf

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