VIRGINIA - The City of Virginia is following in Proctor's footsteps on the synthetic drug debate.
The city originally planned to wait until the Last Place on Earth trial was complete before they put any synthetics ordinance in place, but the problem has gotten so bad, officials feel they must make a move.
“Licensing, we feel, is just a legal way to continue the operation of synthetic drugs, and we don't want do that,” expressed councilor Charles Baribeau.
City officials say they're creating a hybrid ordinance using all the banning terms that Proctor has, while also using Duluth’s harsher fine system involving the sale of synthetics.
Virginia currently has two head shops within their city limits.
Reports of community members on synthetic drugs have flooded their hospitals.
“A lot of these items we can take off the shelf right away, and we'll put pressure and continue to put pressure on the two businesses in town that are already selling the synthetic drugs,” Baribeau said.
Tuesday night the Virginia City Council had its first reading of a synthetic public nuisance ordinance.
The goal is to keep city streets clean.
It will be voted on next week and take effect in the next two weeks.
A draft of the synthetics ordinance will be ready for Tuesday’s city council meeting for the first reading.
The city council hopes to have both ordinances in place next month.