Pam Bondi, Attorney General, has written a letter that urges companies such as Exxon Mobil, Citgo, Chevron, BP, Sunoco, Marathon, Shell and Valero to stop selling synthetic drugs at their gas stations. Forty-one other attorney generals have signed the letter, which expresses concerns about the synthetic drug being sold at a household brand store.
Synthetic weed, also known as “Spice” is often sold under various names, such as K2, Moon Rack, Yucatan and Fire. These shredded synthetic cannabinoid compounds are frequently marketed as a safe alternative to weed and cause a psychoactive high.
Spice has been known to give off somewhat similar effects to weed, but some people have reported paranoia, hallucinations, anxiety and other psychoactive effects. The DEA has recently listed the main ingredients present in spice as Schedule I substances, placing it among the ranks of mescaline, LSD and heroin.
A bill was passed in 2013 by Florida representatives which banned all 27 synthetic drug alternatives, yet Bondi feels as though oil companies could do more to keep these products off their shelves. These substances are most popular with kids and teenagers without access to medical marijuana or street drugs and aren’t experienced with drugs or drug-safety, and therefore pose health risks if not used properly.
The attorney general wants gas stations to establish a point of contact with corporate headquarters regarding the matter, and she also wants to revoke a franchise relationship with any station that sells these drugs, as well as reporting them to their local law enforcement.