Eastern Kentucky county considers synthetic marijuana ban

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

It's a growing trend, and now another eastern Kentucky county is considering a ban on synthetic marijuana.

The Letcher County Fiscal Court passed a first reading of the ordinance at the request of Sheriff Danny Webb on Monday.

The sheriff says several kids have already been in the emergency room as a result of items typically sold as bath salts or incense.

Synthetic marijuana is already illegal in the State of Kentucky, but manufacturers have found a way around the current ban on synthetic marijuana. They use different chemicals that produce the same effect as the one the state has said are illegal.

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb recently started getting complaints from the public about synthetic drugs like bath salts and potpourri that give users a marijuana-like high.

"We've had several young people, our younger generation, being brought the emergency room. They are disoriented, their blood pressure is very high. They couldn't communicate," said Sheriff Webb.

He felt obligated to stop the sell of these dangerous drugs that are popular among young adults and teens.

He went to the fiscal court and requested that an ordinance be passed banning the sell and possession of synthetic marijuana, and it's quickly on its way to becoming a law in Letcher County.

The fiscal court still has to have a second reading and a vote on the ban before it becomes law.

Sheriff Webb says the state legislature also may address the issue in the upcoming session.

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