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Tampa one step closer to banning synthetic drugs

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Drugs like Spice and K-2 could be banned in Tampa. Drugs like Spice and K-2 could be banned in Tampa.

Cities and states all over the country have been trying to stop the sale of synthetic drugs like K-2 and Spice.

On Thursday, Tampa's council members heard from the city attorney who drew up the ordinance which could end the sale, possession, and manufacture of synthetic drugs.

"It is really an alternative mechanism to our municipal authority to get to the place that we can work together with what is in the state law however that gets expanded," said Tampa assistant city attorney Julia Mandell. 

Tampa's proposed ordinance would impose a $500 fine and sixty days in jail for people that sell the fake drugs.

"Not only is it going to hurt them financially but they also have a threat threatening them to go to jail then this is also going to put a dent in their business," said Tampa city councilman Frank Redding, Jr.

Drug counselors say something must be done to stop the sale of addictive synthetic substances.

"We still need to provide treatment to the people who are addicted to it or are abusing it," said drug counselor Sherri Kincade, "but I think if it's less accessible, it will be less of a problem."

Tampa officials are looking at all options to get the drugs off the street.

"We are trying to find all the quills in our armory to be able to do that," said Mandell, "and this is just simply another opportunity to work towards that goal."

The Tampa city council will take up the issue again April 18th.  The council is expected to pass the ban on the sale of synthetic drugs.

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