VIRGINIA - Virginia became the latest city to ban synthetic drugs Tuesday night.
With a unanimous 7-0 vote from the city council, the possession, transfer, manufacture, and sale of synthetics will all become illegal when the ordinance takes effect.
The ordinance is a hybrid of Proctor’s total ban ordinance with Duluth’s harsh fines.
Counselors say this won't cure the problem in their city, but will help the entire problem plaguing the Northland.
“The head of the octopus is down in Duluth,” explained Virginia city councilor Larry Cuffe. “The tentacles are these two businesses we have [in Virginia], the one in Aurora, and others that are popping up all over the state of Minnesota.”
Cuffe said the ordinance they passed is an attempt to help cut off the head of the octopus.
Counselors say it'll be difficult to enforce the ordinance because there are two head shops in town.
Virginia also passed a nuisance ordinance to keep the city streets clean of pan-handlers.
Both ordinances will take effect Oct. 26.