Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
March 4, 2016
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Legislation to Categorically Outlaw Synthetic Drugs Passes Both Chambers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today thanked the members of the Florida Senate for voting unanimously to pass SB 1528, sponsored by Senator Wilton Simpson, that will allow for categorically outlawing synthetic drugs. Florida House unanimously voted last week in favor of the companion bill HB 1347, sponsored by Representative Clay Ingram.

“Thank you Senator Simpson, Representative Ingram and all the members of our great legislature for voting to pass this life saving legislation that will allow us to categorically outlaw synthetic drugs as a whole,” said Attorney General Bondi. “This legislation will help bolster our efforts to combat the growing threat of synthetic drug use, keep these dangerous drugs off store shelves and out of the hands of Florida’s youth.”

“Today, the Florida Legislature unanimously approved legislation that will keep newly created synthetic drugs out of the hands of our children. I stand with Attorney General Pam Bondi and the entire Florida legislature in our continued commitment to keeping these synthetic drugs off of our streets,” said Senator Simpson.

“HB 1347 is a product of more than five years of work with Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. With the passage of this bill, Florida will finally be able to keep pace with the manufactures of these constantly changing and potentially deadly synthetic drugs,” said Representative Ingram.

Having passed favorably in both the House and Senate, this legislation will now go before Governor Rick Scott.

Synthetic drugs can be deadly and pose a serious threat to Florida communities. When used, synthetic drugs hijack the key part of the brain controlling critical functions such as temperature control, food intake, perception, memory and problem solving. Since taking office, Attorney General Bondi has worked with state lawmakers to ban 136 chemical compounds commonly used to produce synthetic drugs. The important legislation passed today will outlaw synthetic drugs, through the use of a classification system, not just individually identified compounds.

For more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to outlaw synthetic drugs, click here.