Synthetic Marijuana, Bath Salts Banned in Dania Beach

See also "Synthetic Marijuana Ban Seems Like a Good Idea, Probably Won't Do Much" and "Broward Commission Moves to Ban Bath Salts, Fake Weed"

The Dania Beach City Commission on Tuesday evening cleared the way for a ban on selling bath salts and herbal incense, more commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana.

Unlike some of the other laws that are aimed at banning specific chemical compounds used in these substances, Dania Beach is looking to make it illegal for retailers to sell or display these chemicals within city limits.

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The proposed ordinance applies to "synthetic cannabinoid herbal incense and synthetic stimulant bath salts and related substances" as well as "synthetic cathinones, synthetic amphetamines and other synthetic stimulants that mimic illegal drugs."

Those busted selling or displaying these products in Dania could be hit with a $500 fine and/or up to 60 days in jail.

As previously reported, the Broward County Commission has started work on a countywide ban against these substance, which it expects to reveal this fall. Miami-Dade has already passed a blanket ban on bath salts.

Bath salts grabbed national headlines after news outlets and police officials assumed that Rudy Eugene, the so-called "Miami Zombie," had to be high on them while devouring a homeless man's face.

Weeks after the gruesome attack, scientists reported that they didn't find any trace of bath salts in Eugene, only weed. Some cautioned that he might still have been high on some form of bath salts they couldn't detect.

Dania Beach commissioners are expected to take a final vote on the ban in August.

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