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DEALING WITH 'DESIGNER DRUGS' Area convenience stores are selling synthetic drugs near candy displays, Sarasota County staff says. Image courtesy Sarasota County A PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN SET FOR FEB. 12 ON A NEW SARASOTA COUNTY ORDINANCE TO COMBAT THE SALE AND USE OF SYNTHETIC FORMS OF MARIJUANA AND OTHER SUBSTANCES By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Because state laws cannot be passed fast The board voted unanimously on Dec. 11 to enough to match the rate at which chemists advertise the public hearing. "It's hard to stay modify substances in front of the curve to create potentially on this [issue]" from a dangerous synthetic If you see [such a drug] for sale legislative standpoint, drugs, the Sarasota [in a convenience store], turn around noted Commissioner County Commission and walk out and encourage the Christine Robinson, has scheduled a pub- community not to shop there until it stops who serves on the lic hearing on the [selling the drug] … We can also vote c o u n t y 's C r i m i n a l morning of Feb. 12 with our pocketbooks. Justice Commission regarding a proposed (CJC). Charles Hines county ordinance to Vice Chairman control a new array of That board in late Sarasota County Commission such drugs. August identified the

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