The Pinellas County Commission votes on its 2013 legislative priorities Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Beach renourishment, juvenile justice, synthetic drugs and fertilizer laws are just a few of the items Pinellas County Commissioners are asking their lobbyists to focus on in Tallahassee in 2013. The commissioners will vote on their 2013 legislative priorities for the state legislature at the Feb. 12 commission meeting in Clearwater. Other legislative focuses include: For a full list of legislative items the county supports and opposes, click here. Sign up for the Clearwater Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox each day.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office began the process Monday of notifying 300 to 400 store owners about the latest synthetic substances that they cannot sell.
Synthetic marijuana products like Spice and K-2 may soon be coming off of the shelves of Pinellas County convenience stores. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri formally announced Monday a campaign to have deputies hand deliver letters to about 300 to 400 local retailers. The letters say that more synthetic substances commonly found in incense products are now classified as controlled substances and that it's a third-degree felony to possess or sell them. The state legislature recently added 92 chemicals to the list of banned substances. The law is detailed in Florida State Statute 893.03 and 893.13 Many retailers "are willing to stop as long as they have clarity what to expect ... I think they are going to be responsible. They are looking for a level …