Sheriff wants to ban the sale and use of synthetic marijuana

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Scooby Doo is on the cover of it, it's legal to buy, and those that use it say its stronger than marijuana.

"It increases your hunger level, you can use it for medicinal purposes, it helps you sleep better, but it's also like marijuana," says a user in Laurel county.

Those that use it say it's easy to buy in Laurel county.

It's because the herbal incense are readily available, Sheriff John Root in Laurel County says its lead to an increasing problem within middle and high school students there, "We've had many complaints from the school, and from people around the county over the incense. Children smoking them, abusing the packets that is sold at the stores."

Sheriff Root is proposing a new ordinance later this month, hoping to make it illegal to sell and use it in Laurel County.

"As far as I know, this is the first in eastern Kentucky; a county passing an ordinance such as this. I am hoping that other surrounding counties will follow," adds Sheriff Root.

In order for the ordinance to become a law, there will have to be two public readings in Laurel county. The dates for those hearings will be on December 20th and January 20th.

If the ordinance passes, those found with the synthetic marijuana can face up to a year in jail and up to a $500 fine.

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