Rep. Darryl Rouson's bill outlawing synthetic drug "spice" passes Florida House

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State Representative Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, issued remarkstoday as Co-Prime Sponsor with Rep. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, as CS/HB 39 passedthe House.This bill outlaws certain synthetic cannabinoids such as ?2?and ?pice?which haveappeared all over the state. Representative Rouson agrees that one of the many dangerous of substance abuse is that itbegins at a young age. This substance is sold across the counter at gas stations across thestate in brightly-colored packages and is deceptively labeled as incense,?Rouson said. It isaimed at our children, and several deaths have occurred in Florida from this drug.?Synthetic cannabinoid refers to chemical compounds that resulted from scientific research ofTHC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Scientists ultimately rejected these chemicalcompounds, however recreational chemists and profiteers took the information from thisresearch, reproduced the chemical compounds, and sold them for public consumption.By outlawing this drug I concede that we cannot legislate our way out of every scourge ofsociety but it will serve as a deterrent to purveyors and users and it will save lives,” Rousonconcluded.

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