Police Warn Businesses Against Selling Bath Salts, K2, Spice

A letter from the Clearwater Police Department warns businesses that may be in violation and selling the banned chemicals once referred to as a "legal high."

Local businesses have been warned against selling bath salts, K2, spice, and other controlled substances in a recent letter sent by the Clearwater Police Department.

"We have identified several stores that may be selling these controlled
substances," Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway said in a media release. "This letter serves as a warning. We will be conducting random checks and if a store possess, sell or distribute items with these chemicals, we will take enforcement action."

The letter, dated Sept. 28 and signed by Holloway, mentions the state law amended in March to ban the sale of 92 chemicals often referred to as a "legal high," under the names such as "bath salts," "K2," "spice," or "loose leaf incense." 

Local businesses that may be in violation were identified through observation or tips and had the letter delivered to them. In some cases, the tips suggest that the chemicals are not publicly displayed and may be sold upon request, police said.

"The Clearwater Police Department will begin conducting checks of retail establishments within our jurisdiction," Holloway wrote in the letter. "We will take the appropriate enforcement action and refer any charges to the State Attorney for prosecution."

View the PDF attached to this story to see the text of the letter.

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James Mcriley October 12, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Its not all illegal ... Clearwater is the only city taking this tactic ... trying to scare everyone to follow their bidding
CJ October 13, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Either legalize...or bust the stores, people using illegal stuff ''hard''. Not necessarially jail, etc time...but ''big time'' fines. ''Big time'' is not under $1000. I'm talking about the same kind of money that hiring a lawyer costs...and then, of course, stilll having the lawyer fees to deal with also. $50-$500 fine are silly..They don't make anyone stop and think before they proceed to brake the law. Same thing goes for many other small crimes we see commonly done. For example: littering, tailgating, speeding over a certain amount, running red lights, etc, etc. Make people pay'' huge'' fines, and ''then'' you may see more compliance. Yep...there will still be those who don't respect the law. Maybe for those, we can consider significant jail ''visits'' for starters. The way the process works in this country is that if you believe a substance should be legal, then get involved in the sometimes grassroots level to aid in legalization. The wrong way is to do them anyway. I definitely would like to smoke pot , but not illegally. Those days of not caring one way or another if pot is illegal or not are behind me long ago. If more people would aid in the legalization process, then pot could probably rather easily be made legal. Especially here in Florida. If pot ''were'' legal, then I am sure there would not be much interest in doing some of these ''legal high'' products, which ironically, are dangerous...and pot...not really that dangerous at all.


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