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Store Fined $1M for Selling 'Mr. Happi'

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Tampa Tribune

Law enforcement agencies have been less than successful in trying to stop the sale of synthetic drugs, also called "bath salts," which are pitched to kids under names such as "Scooby Snax" despite their danger. The dealers simply change the chemistry faster than the Legislature can pass laws against it. 

So as the Tampa Tribune reports, Hillsborough County Commission is trying a different approach:  an ordinance that bars the sale of any synthetic drugs and takes store owners to court if they violate it. A  convenience-store owner drew a $1.25 million fine last month, which he's expected to fight in court.