Collier County wants to ban synthetic drugs
NAPLES, Fla.- Synthetic drugs commonly called Spice or K2 can be bought online or in some gas stations. The drugs can cause hallucinations, seizures and paranoia. Drug-Free Collier wants them out of the hands of children.
"I think the majority of people can not understand the negative consequences of ingesting these synthetic drugs," said Scott Salley, Past-president of Drug-Free Collier.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi just filed an emergency rule outlawing 22 new synthetic drug compounds used to make drugs like bath salts and K2. The problem, according to Drug-Free Collier, is all manufacturers have to do is change one little thing and it's legal again. These synthetic drugs are sold as legal alternatives to marijuana.
"We're not going to be able to keep up with every altered chemical formula. The chemist move faster than we can and that is law enforcement as well as the legislature," said Salley.
Now Collier County is trying to ban the drugs all together. Commissioners are moving forward on an ordinance to ban the sale, possession and distribution of synthetic drugs. It comes back to them for one final vote next month.
"When we presented the first draft of the ordinance, once again the board supported it unanimously," said Commissioner Georgia Hiller.
If the ordinance is passed and you're caught selling the drugs, it would be a misdemeanor and you could face consequences.
"We will work with the Sheriff's Office to give them the power they need to go ahead and put some restrictions on some of these products," said Commissioner Tim Nance.