Duluth city attorney offers Virginia leaders strategies for synthetic ordinances

By KBJR News 1

September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 10:19 PM CDT

Virginia, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The city of Virginia is one step closer to proposing ordinances that would ban synthetic drugs and public nuisance in their city.

At a special committee meeting on Tuesday, Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson offered the council strategies for implementing their own ordinances.

Virginia leaders heard from the attorney on some of the successes and challenges of the recently enforced synthetic ordinances in Duluth.

Many concerns and questions raised by Virginia councilors focused on what some said was vague language in the Duluth ordinance.

They said they believe their ordinances need to be more specific.

Virginia's city attorney says he will draft the city ordinance for next week's regular council meeting, taking Duluth's ordinances into consideration.

"I think Duluth has taken an approach that they think will work for them. We may be ending up taking that approach as well. I think we are at the infant stage of this thing and I'm not sure how this is going to work, but I think the council wanted to go on the record and ban it. So we're going there, we're going with that and we'll see how it all plays out," said Virginia City Attorney, Tom Butorac.

Councilor Mike Ralston motioned to ban the sale and use of synthetic drugs using a hybrid model of the Proctor and Duluth ordinances, which the council unanimously supported.

The council will hear the first reading of the synthetic ordinances at its regular council meeting on September 24.

The council needs to pass the ordinances at two meetings and then the ordinances will go into effect 60 days later.

Jeremy Brickley
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