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Local Synthetic Drug Law Passes, Targets Stores Selling To Kids

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

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 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,Westchase? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

See Also:

  • Westchase Could Be Part Of County's Synthetic Drug Law
  • Commissioners Target Synthetic Drugs
  • Synthetic Drug Crackdown Focus of Proposed County Ordinance
  • Video Details Hillsborough’s Synthetic Marijuana Problem
Constantine February 21, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Good for you Hillsborough County
Constantine February 21, 2013 at 05:01 PM
stop the source you stop the kids from using this junk. I strongly believe in order to slow down the drug use is to stop the SUPPLIERS!!!
Linda Ahuna February 24, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Thank you for sharing this. Go Hillsborough County! Spread the word to Manatee, Citrus, Hardee, etc . . .!
Nunya Biznazz May 01, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Hell, why stop there Linda? Spread the word through the entire country. I moved from MN. to Manatee. Mostly because my son was addicted to that crap and I almost lost him. He tried to commit suicide and had a seizure from it. MN., for some reason, refuses to ban it, or can't. I don't know which. Alls' I know is that we had to do something drastic, so we moved back to Fl. after being gone for 8 years. I had a really good paying job up there, have a really sucky one down here, but, it saved my sons' life, so we're doing great. Hes' been sober since February 26 and I am blessed to have my son back. Now if only we could all find great jobs. LOL.. That stuff is poison. Almost took his life.

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