|February 14, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi today joined Senator Greg Evers and Representative Clay Ingram to advocate for legislation that will ban dangerous new synthetic drugs in Florida. Senate Bill 1502, sponsored by Senator Evers, and House Bill 1175, sponsored by Representative Ingram, will add new synthetic compounds to the list of Schedule I controlled substances that are illegal under Florida Statute 893.13.
“We will not allow chemists who are altering the components of these dangerous synthetic drugs to circumvent state law,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “Prompt action by the Legislature will help protect our communities from the growing threat of synthetic drug abuse.”
The proposed legislation will make it a third-degree felony for an individual to “sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver" new forms of synthetic cathinone "bath salts" and synthetic cannabinoid "K2."
“People who sell and use these deadly drugs threaten their own lives and the lives of those around them,” stated Representative Clay Ingram. “We must act now and remove these drugs from the shelves and out of the hands of abusers.”
“This legislation is essential in banning these dangerous substances that are wreaking havoc on the lives of Floridians across our state,” stated Senator Evers.
Click the following link to view Senate Bill 1502: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/1502
Click the following link to view House Bill 1175: http://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=48415
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Assistant Commissioner Jim Madden and Director of the Florida Poison Information Center Dr. Cynthia Lewis-Younger gave remarks at the event. The following representatives of the Florida Police Chiefs Association also attended: FPCA Executive Director Amy Mercer, Tallahassee Police Department Chief Dennis Jones, and Tallahassee Police Department Major Chris Connell. Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron represented the Florida Sheriffs Association. Bill Cervone, State Attorney with the 8th Judicial Circuit, attended on behalf the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association.
Last January, Attorney General Bondi issued an emergency rule temporarily banning the synthetic drug known as "bath salts." During the 2011 Session, she worked with legislators to permanently ban bath salts. The Legislature also passed a new law that added forms of synthetic marijuana to the list of controlled substances that are illegal.
HB 1175 has passed all committees and is being heard on the House floor this week. SB 1502 has one more committee stop before it reaches the Senate floor.