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Florida’s War On Drugs Made Chocolate and Cheese Illegal

2D molecular structure of Tyramine (C8H11NO)

Tallahassee (WTFF) – Overzealous lawmakers eager to ban dangerous substances without first doing their homework inadvertently made it a felony to possess certain food products in the state of Florida.

Tyramine is naturally occurring monoamine compound that’s found in “cheese and other foods,” according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

It’s found mostly in foods that have been aged or fermented, such as aged cheese, alcohol, meat, ripe produce, certain condiments, chocolate and more.

It’s also listed under Florida Statutes 893.03(1)(c), making it a Schedule 1 drug under state law.

Anyone in possession of it is committing a felony.

Even though it’s listed under Florida’s list of “hallucinogenic substances,” Drugbank declares that “it is unable to cross the blood-brain barrier, resulting in only nonpsychoactive peripheral sympathomimetic effects.”

It won’t make you trip and it’s harmless, though people taking MAOI drugs for depression should avoid large amounts of it, as the interactions can result in hypertension and other side effects.

House Bill 1175 added 92 new “hallucinogenic substances” to the law from 2011 to 2012. House and Senate chambers voted yes unanimously on it, without regard for unintended consequences.

The bill was filed by Clay Ingram, who met his term limits in the Florida House last year.

Clay Ingram

The Senate version was filed by Greg Evers, who once launched a Facebook campaign to give away an AR-15 nearly one week after the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 people.

He eventually drove his car into Penny Creek and died.

Greg Evers

While it’s unlikely (but not impossible) that any jury would convict you for possession of chocolate or cheese, anyone could be arrested for it.

This law, like many, could be exploited to harass and jail innocent Americans.

If you’re worried, either don’t upset the wrong people, or stay out of Florida.

Or even better, end the $70 billion dollar a year “War on Drugs” that Nixon started for the the sole purpose of arresting “the antiwar left and black people” and focus on intelligent solutions to modern issues instead.

Keeping drugs illegal allows cartels to flourish and fund greater crimes like human trafficking. We could put most of them out of business and stop them from crossing our borders while simultaneously increasing state revenues and battling addiction if we decriminalized all chemicals and compounds.

Decriminalizing all substances would also allow researchers to find medical uses for drugs that we haven’t yet had the liberty to investigate. Cures for many mental and physical illnesses could be contained within these “illegal drugs,” but we have no way of knowing without studying them.

DrugPolicy.org outlines the benefits of drug decriminalization with the following points:

  • Save money by reducing prison and especially jail costs and population size
  • Free up law enforcement resources to be used in more appropriate ways
  • Prioritize health and safety over punishment for people who use drugs
  • Reduce the stigma associated with drug use so that problematic drug users are encouraged to come out of the shadows and seek treatment and other support
  • Remove barriers to evidence-based harm reduction practices such as drug checking, heroin-assisted treatment, and medical marijuana

Read more: It’s Time for the U.S. to Decriminalize Drug Use and Possession

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