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.
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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.
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