Pam Bondi Bans 22 New Synthetic Drugs In Florida

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Synthetic weed like "Spice" is the target of Bondi's new emergency ruling.
Need a perfect illustration of just absurd the fight against synthetic drugs has become? Take a look at the latest legal missive from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has just banned 22 new synthetic versions of weed and cocaine on sale in the Sunshine State. The document reads more like a doctoral chemistry thesis than a legal report, with a full page of newly illegal compounds like everyone's favorite, UR-144 ((1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3,tetramethylcycropropyl)methanone).

When your AG starts issuing decrees that only Walter White could possibly understand, it may be time to admit that drug chemists have a major leg up on law enforcement.

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Bondi says the new law will help cops around the state bust head shops and convenience stores marketing synthetic drugs that are often marketed as "incense" or "plant food" in colorful packaging.

"This is actually disgusting to me," Bondi told reporters, brandishing a Scooby Doo-branded package. "Scooby snacks? Do you think this is directed at an adult? This is directed at children."

The problem is, after Bondi's latest decree, the chemists behind the synthetic cannabinoids are likely to just tweak their formula yet again to stay one step ahead of the law.

As New Times reported in September in an investigation into Florida's booming synthetic drug market, the chemists behind brands like "Mr. Nice Guy" are often too nimble for prosecutors to pin down.

State surgeon general John Armstrong admitted as much to reporters at a news conference announcing the new law.

"By changing the molecular structure in marijuana and amphetamines, criminals synthesize drugs that are more dangerous, and yet are not technically illegal," he said.

But Armstrong claimed the new rule will "continue to put these synthetic drug manufacturers ... where they belong, in jail and out of business."

Sure will! At least until they come up with the next compound ...

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Fake pot wouldn't exist if real pot were legal! So I blame the government and the dea for all the kids that have died from synthetic pot. The blood is on their hands! until we end marijuana prohibition in this country we will never understand what real freedom feels like. Marijuana users are not dangerous people we do not need to be locked up for the good of society. we deserve freedom liberty and the right to pursue what makes us happy in this very unhappy nation. legalization is coming sooner or later. they have lost public opinion it is only a matter of time they have already lost the war on drugs they just can't admit it because they have to look in the mirror each day and convince themselves they are right while the evidence against them keeps stacking up. If you are a law enforcement you don't have to wait for legalization if you think its wrong to lock someone up for pot just stop attesting them and stop wasting our limited tax dollars on what you know to be a huge failure. We have wasted over a trillion dollars on the war on drugs with very little to no impact whatsoever the price of pot has not changed in 20 years but it has gotten stronger. Oh by the way there are 30 million daily marijuana users in this country and it cost on average 30,000 a year to jail them if they caught us all It bankrupt this nation we can't afford this scam anymore we need to fire the dea and look for new ways to help addicts of hard drugs regain control of their lives through the lessons learned in rehab not prison. No one comes out of prison a better person

Fernando Lao Jr.
Fernando Lao Jr.

I hate to say this but they've been trying since October 2010. Supposedly there were laws and bans at that time but it didn't stop people I knew using it up to 4th of July weekend this year. Hope THIS time it sticks


What's disgusting, Ms. Bondi, is that people used these toxic substances thanks to your war on marijuana. End the draconian prohibition on it that is bankrupting this State.  Chemists will keep making these harmful items until we address the real elephant in the room.

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