Virginia Joins Slew of Cities to Pass Anti-Synthetic Ordinances
Posted at: 10/09/2013 12:04 AM
| Updated at: 10/09/2013 12:09 AM
By: Zach Hammer
The day after Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson was convicted on more than 50 federal counts for selling synthetic drugs in Duluth, the City of Virginia passed two ordinances cracking down on them.
One of the ordinances sets up the framework for a broad ban on the substances, including the “sale, possession, transfer or manufacture of synthetic or alternative drugs.”
Virginia City Councilor Charles Baribeau says that includes anything labeled “not for human consumption” or, what he says, anything that would be reasonable considered to meant for consumption as a synthetic drug.
The second measure is a public nuisance ordinance directed at the two shops in Virginia that allegedly sell synthetics.
The unanimously-passed duo of ordinances mirror those passed by Proctor city leaders at the beginning of September.
Proctor City Mayor David Brenna has said he believes those wide-reaching regulations will hold up in court, and Councilor Baribeau of Virginia says that after Carlson’s conviction, that’s looking more likely.
“It sets a very strong precedent… very pleased. It’s good news for us,” he said.
The new Virginia ordinances are expected to go into effect Oct. 25th.