Laurel County bans synthetic marijuana product

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

"Scooby Snax," "Head Trip," or however it's labeled is now illegal to have or sell in Laurel County.

"We don't need it on the streets," reacted Billy Oakley, a Laurel County Magistrate, "and if this is one way to keep it off [the streets] then that's a good thing."

These products are described by some as a synthetic marijuana, containing a chemical called "cannabinoids." The labels on these products say that it's not for consumption, but the Laurel County Fiscal Court said that doesn't stop many from trying. At the first reading of the new ordinance, school officials explained it had become an issue with students misusing the "incense."

"It was a problem in our schools with the children purchasing them [synthetic products] and using them in an inappropriate way," described Deputy Judge Executive Rick Brewer.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root first introduced the measure, in December, asking for the products to be banned. Tonight, the second reading was unanimously approved, putting the ordinance into immediate effect.

"It's something that has been widely accepted. I have not had any opposition against removing these synthetics off the market," said Laurel County Magistrate Jeffery Book.

"It went through and we're glad it did," added Oakley.

"It's a very large concern for the county schools and, of course, the parents of the children," said Brewer.

According to the ordinance, possessing or selling the banned products will be considered a misdemeanor. The magistrates say they expect a brief grace period for the stores to get rid of the now illegal products.

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