Ashland City Council Considers Synthetic Drug Ordinances

By KBJR News 1

September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM CDT

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The sale and use of synthetic drugs have forced many cities around the Northland find ways to address the issue and the City of Ashland followed suit Tuesday night at their council meeting.

Councilors heard testimony from about a half a dozen people encouraging councilors to find a way to regulate the substance.

Two ordinances were proposed tonight to do just that.

The first is very similar to Duluth's ordinance which would require establishments selling the drug to obtain a license, and pay a fee.

It would also restrict the locations of such establishments and hours of operation.

The second ordinance would make selling and consuming the drug a public nuisance.

One mother who has spearheaded the efforts to get the substances banned is happy her efforts are being taken seriously by the council.

"I am very happy with what Mr. Siegler came up with for the ordinances from the public nuisance in conjunction with the licensing it's going to be pretty darn near impossible for them to keep selling it and get away with it," said Paula Tucci-Telisczak.

She said she has gotten signatures from nearly 1,000 people who support banning the substance.

"The licensing ordinance tracks very closely with the Duluth ordinance which has also been adopted by the city of superior, the public nuisance ordinance is different from any other ordinance that I've seen so far," said Ashland City Attorney, David Siegler.

Discussion on the proposed ordinances will continue at the next City Council meeting September 27.

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