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Laurel Co. Fiscal Court one step closer to banning synthetic marijuana

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

The Laurel County Fiscal Court voted on an ordinance to ban the sale of all cannabinoids.

The first reading of the ordinance passed unanimously. All magistrates and Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield said they wanted to ban synthetic marijuana.

the ordinance would ban all sales of cannabinoids, which are sometimes sold as incense.

County and school officials said that the main ones that are using these drugs are children. they are hoping that the second reading does pass in January so that it will be harder for kids to get their hands on it.

“Right now i have students who will get off the bus and walk a mile or two to go and buy it and it's that available at several different truck stops,” said Summer Lewis, a School Mental Health Counselor.

“We have seen the affects it has on the students they become very ill with it,” said Asst. Principal Gina Sears of North Laurel High School.
“It has stronger affects than regular marijuana has on people we have seen them hallucinate.”

“If somebody does have this in possession, they will be able to charge them so when the school calls me and says a child has this is in their possession we will be able to go out and take action and work with the school better,” said Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

If the next reading passes on January 26th, police can begin enforcing the law immediately.

“Now this will apply to both juveniles and adults but I feel it will be beneficial to the county,” said Root.

“I don't want to push it to other counties but at the same time the less available it is the less likely they are to be able to get it,” said Lewis.

The penalty if the ordinance passes would be up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. Federal legislation on this issue has passed the house and made it to the senate but the sheriff said they do not want to wait any longer.


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