Synthetic pot and bath salts that promise a high may soon be taboo throughout Broward County.
On Tuesday, commissioners agreed to move forward with a ban that would apply to every city and unincorporated neighborhood in Broward. A public hearing is set for Oct. 23.
Sheriff Al Lamberti said he proposed the countywide ban on the sale and display of manmade weed and psychoactive bath salts.
“Each city is doing their own ban,” he said. “I approached the county commission and suggested we do a countywide ban similar to Miami-Dade’s, so we don’t have a patchwork of ordinances.”
Palm Beach County is planning a similar ban, with a hearing set for Oct. 16.
Several cities have already approved their own bans, including Sunrise and Davie.
Some wonder whether they will work.
“Even though Davie banned it, they aren’t enforcing it,” said Bryan Caletka, a Davie councilman and teacher at Western High.
Caletka said one of his students missed school because he had seizures after smoking synthetic pot and had to be rushed to the hospital.
“I asked where he got it,” Caletka said. “He said he got it from a gas station in Davie.”
Fort Lauderdale resident Tina Bush says the proposed countywide ban gives her hope — but only if it is enforced.
Bush says her 20-year-old son is hooked on synthetic marijuana.
“I get up every morning to make sure he is breathing,” she said. “I find him with a pipe in one hand and a bag of Spice in the other.”
Bush says she looks forward to the day when her son won’t be able to buy Spice at the corner store.