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Broward Commission Bans Synthetic Drugs


The Broward County Commission has banned stores from selling or advertising synthetic drugs.


Commissioner approved the ordinance Tuesday. Officials in Palm Beach County will consider a similar law next week.

The law is a code violation rather than a criminal offense. Offenders could be fined $500 and may also face up to 60 days in jail. The ban is countywide, but in cities that have adopted stricter laws, those laws will prevail.

Sheriff Al Lamberti said his deputies will warn shopkeepers. He said they want voluntary compliance.

Synthetic marijuana, herbal incense and bath salts mimic actual drugs. They’ve been sold over the counter in gas stations and convenience stores. Officials said the drugs can cause severe side effects.

Miami-Dade County has a ban in place.

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