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Florida’s Attorney General, am Biondi has taken emergency measures to halt the sale of psychoactive substances known a “bath salts” under authority granted in Florida Statutes 893.035(7)(a).
The emergency rule effectively adds MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone) and its derivatives to Florida’s list of Schedule 1 drugs making the purchase, possession or sale a third degree felony. The ruling took effect Jan. 26 and includes products marketed under the names: Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, Pure Ivory, White Rush, Purple Wave, Blue Silk, Purple Rain, Ocean Wave, Bolivian Bath, White Lightning, TranQuility and Route 69.
Medical personnel have reported some serious side effects exhibited by the use of “bath salts” that include muscle damage, kidney failure, circulatory problems to include increased blood pressure, seizures, hallucinations, aggression, paranoia and panic attacks.
Retailers and others who are in possession of any of these products can turn them in to the Williston Police Department without fear of arrest or prosecution at this time. This is not to imply that there is a “grace period”. Persons in possession of these substances who fail to offer them up to police can be arrested and prosecuted under the law.
Other substances known as synthetic cannabinoids are likely to be illegal in the near future. “K-2” and “Spice” are just two names of the products that the Florida Legislature has in committee at this time to schedule as illicit drugs. Retailers are forewarned that they will likely become illegal in the coming weeks and they would be well advised to avoid re-orders of these products.
MDPV “bath salts” can be turned in to the Williston Police Department at 5 SW 1st Ave., Williston, or they can be turned over to officers by calling (352) 528-4991. Retailers outside of the city limits are asked to call the Levy Sheriff’s Office at (352) 486-5111.