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Class of Synthetic Drugs Declared Public Nuisance

County votes to label man-made cannabinoids, popular among teens, as a nuisance; the Navy has conducted probes into use of the drugs among sailors.

In an effort to stop the sale of , the county Board of Supervisors tentatively approved an ordinance declaring them a public nuisance, making stores that sell them in unincorporated areas subject to civil abatement actions.

The board also voted 5-0 on Tuesday to support legislation aimed at outlawing the products.

“Combining these two measures will put San Diego County at the forefront of the efforts to combat what is a growing and dangerous problem facing our society,” Supervisor Greg Cox said.

Some bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals. Man-made cannabinoids – the class of active compounds in marijuana – are used in products sold as K2, , or herbal incense and typically sold online, in liquor stores or smoke shops.

“We have seen an increase in the use among our children. It's being marketed to them in a way that they don't quite understand,” said District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

The final ordinance, to be voted on April 3, would declare it a public nuisance for anyone to distribute or sell the products. It would also make it a nuisance to possess the products when it negatively affects the heath, safety, welfare or enjoyment of life or property of someone else.

Cox said the ordinance would give the county “another weapon to quickly shut down anyone who tries to provide or sell these drugs.”

The board also agreed to support Assembly Bill 2420 by Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, who wants the drug class outlawed.

“This legislation closes a loophole in already existing state laws that bans the sale of these drugs,” Cox said.

 

– City News Service

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