Proposed City Ordinance Could Help in Spice Arrests
GAINESVILLE-- An ordinance recommended by the Public Safety Committee today could help Gainesville police put a dent in the spice problem here in North Central Florida.
The Land B4 Time Smoke Shop was closed down back in May after 30 people went to the hospital for seizure like symptoms.
But while the shop remains empty, and the spice was sent to the lab no arrests were ever made.
Currently in the state of Florida in order to make any arrests for this synthetic marijuana it has to be the exact strand they are testing for.
Many dealers have gotten away with selling this spice, because already comprised of chemicals so they only have to change it's composition slightly.
Which doesn't lead officers to any arrests.
But this new ordinance would allow for much quicker arrests.
While the health department has not seen many problems with spice since may they dont believe its gone away.
(Paul Meyers, Alachua County Health Department) " the producers of it are trying to stay ahead of the law, one step ahead of the law changing the chemical compound every few months that unforturnately i think were going to have to go through this again."
The city commission will hear this ordinance at a later date to be voted on before it can become law.
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