Fla. attorney general bans 22 synthetic drugs

Pam Bondi will work with Legislature on permanent ban

Published On: Dec 11 2012 05:12:31 PM EST
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Tuesday filed an emergency rule outlawing twenty-two new synthetic drugs, commonly called "bath salts," "K-2" or "Spice."

Bondi said these drug can cause psychotic episodes, seizures, hallucinations and paranoia.

The emergency order makes it a third-degree felony to sell or manufacture such drugs and made it clear the authorities will be watching shopkeepers who ignore the order.

"[If] you're selling this stuff and you know it's illegal, you take it off your shelves when you see police officers and you put it back on, we're coming after you," Bondi said. "And we will put you out of business and we will do everything in our power to put you out of business, because you're no better than a common, street-level drug dealer."

Bondi was irate that synthetic drugs are often packaged with cartoon characters like Batman and The Joker to appeal to younger children.

She vowed to work with the 2013 Legislature to ban the 22 drugs permanently.