Today CS/CS/HB 1175 Controlled Substances by Representative Clay Ingram (R-Pensacola) passed the Florida House of Representatives with unanimous support. The bill adds dozens of chemical variations of synthetic cannabinoids and psychoactive bath salts to the list of Schedule I controlled substances.
“These dangerous synthetic drugs pose a serious threat to Floridians,” Representative Ingram said. “Last year the legislature made great strides in the effort to stamp out these chemicals. It is my sincere belief that this bill will complete that objective and punish those who peddle these toxins in our communities.”
“The House of Representatives demonstrated strong leadership by unanimously passing a bill that will protect Floridians from dangerous synthetic drugs,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “We will not allow these creative chemists to skirt state law and pose serious harm to our residents.”
Senator Greg Evers, the sponsor of the Senate companion SB1502, stated, “I commend Representative Ingram for all his hard work on getting this good bill passed, and I am honored to be the Senate sponsor for this much needed legislation. Its passage today brings us one step closer to the protection of our children and young adults from these synthetic drugs.”
The bill must be voted on by the Florida Senate before being made available to the Governor to sign into law.