Sarasota County, Florida -- The ordinance will create a ban on products such as synthetic marijuana, bath salts and other items designed to mimic the impairing effects of controlled substances.
Sheriff Tom Knight announce that the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed the designer drug ordinance today. This includes 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 Board of County Commissioners clearly understood the importance of banning these substances to protect our community," said Sheriff Knight.
"There is no legitimate use for synthetic drugs and now we can safeguard our youth from their harmful effects."
The Sarasota County ordinance fills the gap between products regulated as controlled substances and products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also creates criminal and civil penalties for those who violate the ordinance.
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