State Representative Wants to Nearly Triple Florida's Controlled-Substances List

There are currently 50 psychoactive compounds banned by Florida as "Schedule I" substances -- meaning the government doesn't believe they have any medical use, and they're illegal for any regular schmo to possess.

State Rep. Clay Ingram would like to add 92 compounds to that list, filing legislation late last week that would create a total of 142 chemicals you can be locked in a cage for years for possessing.

Nearly tripling the list of banned substances may seem like a far-fetched idea, but we were warned just about two months ago that this exact thing might happen.

Boca Raton lawyer Thomas Wright III -- the "incense" lawyer who explained to us the ins and outs of the state's synthetic cannabis laws in November -- said adding tons of chemicals to the list of banned substances was what legislators would try to stop people from using brain-altering compounds.

He told us legislators would go about it one of three ways -- banning the use of research chemicals for intoxication, continuously adding chemicals to the list, or getting creative with some sort of carefully crafted legislation.

It looks like they're taking the laundry-list path, at least with this bill.

And when it comes to a bill like this, it makes Wright look like a synthetic-drug visionary -- he explained to us, specifically, how a drug like DMT was illegal in the state but a synthetic version like 5-MeO-DALT is legal and can be purchased online.

Of the 92 new drugs that would be added to the list in the bill, 12 of them are synthetic tryptamines.

For those of you who still hit the "herbal incense," the bill adds more of those substances with the JWH prefixes that are used in the blends.

As Wright reminded us in November, though, a cop's field test isn't exactly going to identify a substance such as 4'-Methoxy-α-pyrrolidinopropiophenone and would require some expensive lab tests.

However, if you're currently cooking up some sort of exotic drug in your bathtub, here's the list of substances the bill would be banned upon the bill's passing.

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