Miami-Dade commissioners are scheduled to take a preliminary vote Tuesday to outlaw the synthetic drug known as “bath salts,” and to back away from their original plan to ban candy-flavored tobacco products.
The votes come on the heels of the commission’s preliminary vote earlier this month to prohibit sales of synthetic marijuana.
The state has already outlawed specific chemicals in bath salts, but manufacturers have managed to sidestep state law by slightly altering the drugs’ chemical makeup. The county’s ordinance goes a step further, banning sales or displays for “anything structurally similar” to the banned compounds, said Assistant County Attorney Jesse McCarty.
The products, which are easily available at many convenience stores, go by colorful names like Blizzard, Blue Silk, Hurricane Charley, Ivory Snow and Snow Leopard.
The county’s ordinance calls for a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail for selling the product.