Hollywood, FL may become the most recent city to jump on the bandwagon to outlaw the controversial and often in the media "synthetic marijuana".
In fact, sources anticipate that commissioners of the city of Hollywood will ban synthetic marijuana on Tuesday, July 3rd. Although there are no details of when the ordinance will take effect, an emergency ordinance effective immediately requires a two-thirds vote.
Use of not only synthetic marijuana, but also bath salts has become an epidemic of late, and even a public hazard as emphasized by attacks made upon innocent bystanders by those who had ingested the drug.
Apparently, the very popular substances have mind altering effects, particularly in the case of bath salts which have effects similar to those effects produced by cocaine which no doubt influence the decision of prospective users to consume the substance. Following the notorious Florida incident of the infamous “face-eater” that resulted in the death of the perpetrator widely believed to have consumed bath salts prior to attacking and permanently disfiguring a homeless man not only have Florida state legislators considered outlawing the drug but other states like Michigan and New York have actually enacted laws to ban the substances.
With that said, Hollywood seems to be just another city to ban these substances. Yet, still it is a major step in the right direction and a great example for other reluctant or hesitant cities and states. At least that is believed to be the reasoning of commissioners of Hollywood who have research and evidence that include documented cases of widespread distribution of these substances that are easily accessible over the counter at tobacco shops, liquor stores, and convenience stores as well as on-line at websites.
The ban anticipated would not only put an end to this practice but also act as important public policy regarding the public health. Those who violate the ordinance could potentially face 60 days in jail and or a $500 fine.
The suburban cities of Sweetwater and Sunrise have already put in place ordinances that make the sale or purchase of these synthetic substances illegal.
As mentioned earlier Florida has been considering banning these synthetic substances. Meanwhile, cities within its jurisdiction such as Fort Lauderdale, Lighthouse Point, Davie and Coral Springs are all currently in the final stages of banning sales and purchases of these substances.
Additionally, the Drug Enforcement Administration has already taken action ban the sale of chemicals used to prepare these synthetic substances that are often marketed to those looking to legally emulate mind altering effects of cocaine or methamphetamine. The take home is bans are not only useful but necessary because the long-term effects of these substances are not only unknown but potentially severe.
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