Sarasota County passes 'designer drug' ordinance

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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:13 am | Updated: 12:22 pm, Mon May 12, 2014.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. - County commissioners unanimously approved a drug ordinance Wednesday that creates a ban on the sale, possession and manufacturing of synthetic drugs.

That includes products such as synthetic marijuana and bath salts, and products that are intentionally misbranded, as in the case of synthetic marijuana, which is often labeled as "incense" and "not intended for human consumption." The ordinance also makes it illegal to misidentify or omit ingredients on product packaging.

"The Board of County Commissioners clearly understood the importance of banning these substances to protect our community," says Sheriff Tom Knight. "There is no legitimate use for synthetic drugs and now we can safeguard our youth from their harmful effects."

Enforcement will begin once the ordinance is officially recorded by the State of Florida.

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1 comment:

  • tim posted at 5:52 pm on Wed, Feb 12, 2014.

    tim Posts: 106

    are we "drug-free" yet?....... the "drug-war" is a never-ending nightmare that only foments crime and cost taxpayers BILLIONS annually to "fight". how many more decades do head-in-the-sand politicians need to realize that their policies are an abject failure?...... as long as the people are footing the bill for failed policies, there is little incentive to stop the madness.

     

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