Virginia, MN (NNCNOW.com) - In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the Virginia City Council approved a ban on the sale and consumption of synthetic drugs.
The vote follows several community and city council meetings to draft plans similar to those already in place in Duluth and Proctor.
“We have an obligation as elected representatives of the city, the citizens you all elected us to do what you think is right and the right thing to do is to ban this substance,” said councilor Larry Cuffe Jr. in a recent interview.
The city council also approved a public nuisance ordinance during Tuesday's meeting.
Individuals involved in the sale, transfer or manufacturing:
A civil penalty of each offense will be $500 for the first violation; $1,000 second violation and any violations thereafter shall be charged as a misdemeanor, with up to 90 days in jail, and subject to the sanctions of the District Court.
Individuals that are in possession:
A civil penalty of each possession offense will be $100 for the first offense; $300; second offense; $500 third offense; $800 for fourth and every offense thereafter $1000.
The ordinances will go into effect in 15 days.