|June 16, 2014
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Today Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Controlled Substances Bill, House Bill 697 and Senate Bill 780, which is effective immediately. This legislation adds six additional substances to 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 dangerous drugs. Additionally, it adds three extremely lethal synthetic compounds, which are commonly found in the street drug “molly,” to the trafficking statute.
“I thank Governor Rick Scott for signing this bill that will help protect Floridians, especially our youth, from deadly synthetic drugs. Just recently, the Florida Medical Examiners began documenting deaths caused by synthetic drugs, which will help us better track trends related to these drugs and enhance our efforts to protect Floridians,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“This bill reflects our continuing commitment to ensure that Florida residents are aware of the dangers of synthetic drugs. I applaud Attorney General Bondi for her diligence on this issue and for ensuring that our statutes are updated to include new and evolving chemical substances that are being abused and which threaten the lives and welfare of Floridians,” said bill sponsor, Senator Rob Bradley.
"We must protect our youth from dangerous synthetic drugs, and this key public safety legislation will advance our efforts to keep these drugs out of the hands of Floridians. We are committed to doing everything in our power to continue to outlaw emergent forms of these deadly drugs," stated bill sponsor Representative Clay Ingram.
“The Florida Sheriffs Association applauds Attorney General Bondi for addressing the serious issue of synthetic drugs. We now have new penalties in place to investigate and prosecute the large-scale distributors of synthetic drugs, such as Molly. We will continue to work with law enforcement across the state to hunt down the criminals who are creating these illicit drugs and destroying the lives of our young people,” stated Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, who is also the President of the Florida Sheriffs Association.
"Chiefs of Police statewide thank Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi for supporting this legislation, originally sponsored by Representative Clay Ingram and Senator Rob Bradley. Synthetic drugs have become a growing threat to the health, welfare and safety of our citizens, specifically teens, who are often the targets of the marketing for these products," said Springfield Police Chief and Florida Police Chiefs Association President Philip Thorne. "This legislation adds to the tools available to law enforcement in our efforts to keep our streets and communities safe."