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New Synthetic Drug Law Passes

Hillsborough County Commissioners approved the local ordinance 7-0 during their meeting.

Anyone caught selling, possessing, displaying or manufacturing synthetic drugs in Hillsborough County now faces a first-time fine of up to $500 per individually wrapped package.

Hillsborough Commissioners unanimously voted on Feb. 20 to approve a local law that outlaws synthetic drugs, including K2, Spice and bath salts.

County Commissioner Les Miller, in speaking in favor of the ordinance, said it was time for Hillsborough to do something to stop the drugs that are “killing our kids. This will hopefully deter (them).”

Miller said the new law specifically targets stores that sell the often colorful packages of chemical drugs and also those who manufacture them.

“(We’re) hitting them in the pocket,” Miller said.

Commissioner Sandra Murman echoed Miller’s sentiments and said the local law is needed despite legislation on the state and federal levels.

“This is the way to attack it,” she said.

While there was a public meeting on the proposed law during Wednesday’s meeting, no one chose to speak.

The proposed law carries with it a $500 fine for each “package containing a synthetic drug” for first-time offenders. Second time offenders would face $1,000 fines for each package that they sell, manufacture or possess.

This particular law would allow the county’s Consumer Protection and Code Enforcement offices to issue violation notices in addition to law enforcement officers.

The new law goes into effect once it’s filed with the Florida Department of State.

What do you think about the new law, South Tampa? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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doug johnson February 23, 2013 at 09:44 PM
I think it sucks! They should id and only sell to of aged people that are old enough to make up their own minds with what they put in their bodys
Donald S. Sammis February 28, 2013 at 10:57 PM
All drugs are synthetic. What are they talking about
Bill Reagan March 07, 2013 at 10:04 PM
I think it is the right kind of law needed to help slow down the expansion of school age kids who are your basic source and point of sale for a lot of these new designer drugs; many of which can be made odorless which makes drug sniffing dogs almost useless, although we will always be plagued by the dealers of cocaine, marijuana, and heroin. Unfortunately some people will always be there to help these kids to become totally stupid.

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