Florida has definitely had it’s “doh!” moments, but this one is a doozy. It seems as if last month, March 23rd 2012, Florida HB 1175 went into effect, with the following intent:
Controlled Substances: Adds to list of Schedule I controlled substances certain specified materials, compounds, mixtures, or preparations that contain hallucinogenic substances or that contain any of these substances’ salts, isomers, & salts of isomers – Florida HB 1175
For those who don’t know, substance in Schedule I are classified as follows:
(1) Schedule I.
(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
(B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
(C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
No prescriptions may be written for Schedule I substances, and such substances are subject to production quotas by the DEA.
So obviously substances in this category are some serious shit. The bill makes no bones about it either, and clearly states that:
The following substances are controlled in Schedule I: unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation that contains any quantity of the following hallucinogenic substances or that contains any of their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers, if the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation
So to be clear, that is any material, compound, mixture, or preparation that contains any quantity of any of the listed substances is now illegal, with no exceptions (you can’t even get items containing any of them by prescription). The biggest problem with this is that apparently no one who was involved in either writing or voting on the bill bothered to fact check the list of chemicals (which you can find in the full bill here). Number 66 on this list if substances that will land you in jail for possession of any amount is tyramine, chemical name 4-Hydroxyphenethylamine. A quick search reveals exactly what that is:
Tyramine (4-hydroxyphenethylamine; para-tyramine, mydrial or uteramin) is a naturally occurring monoamine compound and trace amine derived from the amino acid tyrosine. Tyramine occurs widely in plants and animals… Foods containing considerable amounts of tyramine include meats that are potentially spoiled or pickled, aged, smoked, fermented, or marinated (some fish, poultry, and beef); most pork (except cured ham); chocolate; alcoholic beverages; and fermented foods, such as most cheeses (except ricotta, cottage cheese, cream cheese and neufchatel cheese), sour cream, yogurt, shrimp paste, soy sauce, soy bean condiments, teriyaki sauce, tofu, tempeh, miso soup, sauerkraut, broad (fava) beans, green bean pods, Italian flat (Romano) beans, snow peas, avocados, bananas, pineapple, eggplants, figs, red plums, raspberries, peanuts, Brazil nuts, coconuts, processed meat, yeast, and an array of cacti. – a bunch of food that just got outlawed in Florida
On the bright side, the fact that anyone selling chocolate “commits a felony of the first degree” will make dieting that much easier. 😀
Yes, we all know chocolate is addictive, but let’s face it, Halloween is going to suck this year for Florida’s kids.