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Hazy laws help shield
synthetic-drug makers

Tampa Tribune, by Elaine Silvestrini

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Posted By:Hazymac, 5/25/2013 11:03:29 AM

TAMPA - Law enforcement agents seized about $18 million last July from a Tampa area family they say was running an enterprise that has made fake pot in four states, including in a local industrial park. But family members, who have not been charged with any crime, are fighting to get their money back. They argue that what they did was not illegal and that the chemicals they used were not then listed as controlled substances under state or federal law. The case of Timothy and Patricia Hummel and their son, Sean, highlights the challenges for law enforcement in cracking

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When synthetic drug manufacturers change the location of one atom on the molecule, they have effectively skirted the law. Thus, it´s almost impossible to write a law that envisions every possible change to the substance. As a libertarian, I no longer support the War on Drugs, but people should know that these synthetic substances can ruin lives just as quickly as their "organic" predecessors. Personal responsibility is key.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 5/25/2013 11:13:07 AM     (No. 9345058)

Time to stop the wars on :

1-Drugs

2-Poverty

3-Terrorism

4-Words

Re:#3--We can´t kill a ´tactic´ but we sure can kill us some Jihadis.

Re: #4-- Re-defining the language is the work of leftist/statist scoundrels.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: T-Bubba, 5/25/2013 11:20:44 AM     (No. 9345067)

Headline?
Poster name?
Coincidence?
I think not.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 5/25/2013 1:05:45 PM     (No. 9345171)


Eventually, for our own safety, of course, the Federales will make it illegal to have or hold any chemical (bleach, soap, gasoline, paint, drain cleaner,solvent, aspirin, etc) without a permit- which will take months or years to procure. For our own safty- for the children- you know! All hail the FEDERAL!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Spidey, 5/25/2013 3:26:46 PM     (No. 9345295)

This falls under the little known statute of "it´s no worse than alcohol" and therefore the dispensers of the fake pot shouldn´t be held accountable.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 5/25/2013 4:10:56 PM     (No. 9345322)

In our rush to sound as anti drug asbuse as possible we miss a pretty chilling point.

These people produced a product which was not illegal (whether or not it "Should" be illegal is irrelevant).

They sold this material to the public and I am assuming paid the required taxes and what not since...

They have not been charged with any crime, including tax evasion.

It is bad enough that our current forfeiture statutes allow law enforcement to begin the civil prosess of asset confiscation before the underlying criminal case has even had a preliminary hearing in a court. It is chillingly tyrannical to allow law enforcement to consfiscate private property without even the minimal requirement of a criminal charge.

Taking these peoples money in this manner is no different from government knocking on your door and telling you you have 10 minutes to vacate the premises so that some government official can have a shorter commute. Oh , and take your mortgage with you, thats your problem.

Don´t let the emotion of hot button issues like drug use or drunken driving overshadow the blatant abuse of power. If we tolerate it here, the government will try it somewhere else.

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