A new local ordinance is helping Collier County Sheriff's Office deputies control the sale of illicit synthetic drugs.
Collier County Ordinance No. 2013-02 makes it illegal to possess or sell synthetic marijuana which is sold under a variety of names, including Bath Salts, Spice and K2. These drugs can be highly unpredictable and can cause hallucinations, psychotic episodes, seizures, paranoia and tremors. Some users have even died. The effects can vary because of the inconsistency of the chemicals mixed. The substances are typically sold at service stations and convenience stores.
CCSO deputies will be visiting stores to inform owners, managers and property owners that it is illegal to sell or possess these products. Any violators will receive a citation punishable by $500 per violation. The problem of synthetic drugs is serious.
In March 2012, the Florida Legislature updated statute 893.13 to include an additional 142 chemicals that are illegal to possess, sell, manufacture or deliver. In December 2012, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi outlawed 22 new synthetic drugs statewide.
The drugs were designated as Schedule I of controlled substances, which makes it a third-degree felony for a person to sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver these drugs. CCSO believes that these steps, and the new county ordinance, will help deputies protect the community from these drugs.
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