D.A. Dumanis cracks down on synthetic drugs in San DiegoBottom Highlights, Online Only Friday, March 30th, 2012
San Diego District Attorney and mayoral hopeful Bonnie Dumanis has taken action to remove synthetic drugs – commonly known as “bath salts” – off hundreds of retail shelves throughout San Diego County following a new state law that bans their sale.
Nearly 100 letters were sent out from Dumanis and Sheriff Bill Gore warning businesses that they would face civil or criminal penalties including steep fines if bath salts were not immediately removed from their inventory of goods sold.
“We’re taking this action to let businesses know about the new law and penalties they could face,” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said according to CBS 8. “More importantly, we want to be proactive to let San Diegans know how dangerous these drugs can be. `Bath salts’ in particular have been linked to an alarming number of calls to poison control centers and scary emergency room visits.”
Dumanis’ effort to clean up drug use in San Diego runs deep after maintaining a tough stance against marijuana policies, although she has vocally supported its medical use. In an editorial for San Diego LGBT Weekly, the mayoral hopeful explained that she does not “support dealers hiding behind Proposition 215,” although she is in full support of the legal use of medical marijuana.
California bill AB 486 banning the sale of synthetic drugs was authored by Assemblyman Ben Heuso (D-San Diego) and went into effect Oct. 9.
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