People Continue to Protest Sale of Synthetic Drugs in Ashland

By KBJR News 1

August 3, 2013 Updated Aug 3, 2013 at 5:09 PM CST

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) --People honked in support of protesters wielding signs opposing the use of synthetic drugs.

"One Hit can get you addicted, one hit can kill you."

June Williams' son has a synthetic drug addiction and is now serving time in a correctional facility.

Her son wrote a letter about his experience with JC Moon head shop in Ashland Wis.

"The store owner at JC Moon knows what the people buy this for because they would outright tell him when he would go in there, which one was the strongest," as Williams read from her son's letter.

Owners of JC Moon refused to comment to us on camera about the issue.

While the protesters have been outside the shop since Tuesday, they say they don't want to shut down the shop.

"We have never been about closing the store down, its always been about removing a product that is harmful to our community as well as our children," said Williams.

The group was also selling baked goods with all the proceeds going to a Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment program. The program helps youth in Ashland County who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.

"People have walked by and not necessarily wanted the baked goods, but we have gotten donations. It's really cool. Our support is really outstanding," said Paula Tucci- Telisczak, who organized the protest.

They even got some support from Senator Bob Jauch.

"I really admire the courage of these citizens to be willing to say this isn't just about me, it's about us, this isn't about standing on street corner it's about the safety of the people who live in our community," said Jauch.

The Sen. says the Wisconsin State legislature will do everything in their power to pass a bill which would provide law enforcement additional tools to combat the synthetic drug issue.

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