FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla.-- K-2, spice, synthetic marijuana -- it goes by many different aliases and comes in many different formulas, but these homemade hallucinogens mean one thing to young people -- a dangerous high. It's one that Commissioner Ed Boner said has become a serious concern among high schoolers.
"We found packets of 'Cloud 9' that were left over at a high school football game," he said.
The drugs and their ever-changing ingredients have become difficult to go after so Boner has proposed an ordinance that regulates the packaging instead. Wrappers will no longer be marketed to minors.
"The packaging is easier to go after than the ingredient because the ingredients you're not going to be able to test for something that's not yet even a known substance," he said.
The ordinance also changes the punishment for possessing or selling the homemade drugs from a criminal to a civil offense.
"It would be easier to enforce and take less resources from the system, so instead of having to go trial you're giving someone a citation," said Boner.
A first offender would be fined $500 per each gram they possess. A second offense would cost $2,500 per gram. It's a steep price Boner hopes will keep these handmade hallucinogens off his streets.
The ordinance goes for final approval in December.