Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
April 24, 2013
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Legislative Priority to Ban Additional Synthetic Drugs is Now Law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi announced today that one of her top legislative priorities to protect Floridians from synthetic drugs has been signed by Governor Scott, and it is effective immediately. Attorney General Bondi worked with Senator Bradley and Representative Ingram on the Controlled Substances Bill, which adds 27 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. In December, Attorney General Bondi filed an emergency rule temporarily adding substances to Schedule 1 of controlled substances, and this legislation permanently bans these substances.
“Deadly synthetic drugs are targeted to our youth, and I will remain committed to banning these drugs and keeping them off of store shelves. I thank Governor Scott for signing this key public safety legislation, which was sponsored by Senator Bradley and Representative Ingram,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Dangerous synthetic drugs are marketed as “incense,” “potpourri,” “K2,” “spice,” and “bath salts.” These drugs can cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures, paranoia, tremors, and more. 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 synthetic substances to Schedule 1 of controlled substances.