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|Re: Synthetic Cannabinoids|
|Tuesday, 26 July 2011 11:54|
SHERIFF PAUL C. MAY HAS RELEASED THE FOLLOWING:
Re: Synthetic Cannabinoids
On July 1, 2011, a new law took effect, banning synthetic cannabinoids, which are manufactured under the names of Spice, K-2, Genie, Yucatan Fire, etc.
Due to an alarming rise in hospitalizations and deaths related to synthetic drug use, this new law was introduced to combat the growing abuse of synthetic drugs that are often marketed as herbal incense and are sold at malls, head shops, smoke shops, convenience stores, other retail shops and over the Internet and legally purchased in the United States. The complex drugs, often displayed near energy drinks, can produce hallucinations, severe paranoia, seizures, aggression, nosebleeds increased blood pressure and eventually kidney failure. Many of the synthetic drugs mimic the effects of marijuana and LSD with sometimes fatal consequences.
Common street names for this drug include: Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, Ocean Burst and Bolivian Bath. The substance is usually snorted although it can be smoked or swallowed.
It is now a third degree felony to purchase, sale, manufacture or possess certain synthetic substances.
Sheriff Paul C. May said of the new law, “These synthetic drugs can be more dangerous than the real thing. We don’t know what the people that made them put in them. This law will be strictly enforced. In the coming weeks, operations will be conducted to see if this is being sold in our county. If they are, arrests will follow.”
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863)763‐ 7157 (fax)