Via Miami New Times:
People love a good story. It's why when Rudy Eugene ate Ronald Poppo's face beneath the MacArthur Causeway on May 26, the whole world latched onto one cop's careless explanation: Bath salts drove Eugene insane.
Cue public panic. In Miami, media blamed the mysterious compound -- often called synthetic cocaine -- for a guy exposing himself to children and a young man growling at police. In West Virginia, one dude was so high on bath salts (can we call him a "bath saltine"?) that he supposedly donned a bra and panties, slaughtered his neighbor's pygmy goat, and passed out.
Nobody latched harder onto the idea that bath salts are a demon drug than Manuel Maroño. But is the Sweetwater mayor full of synthetic crap?
Since 2002, Maroño has presided over the peaceful suburb with just 14,000 residents. It wasn't until this year, however, that he found his signature issue. In early May, Sweetwater became the first city in Florida to ban what was then the newest drug on earth: fake pot. Maroño came up with the idea after police warned him about middle and high school kids streaming into a local convenience store to buy the stuff...