Superior Passes Synthetic Drug Ordinances

By KBJR News 1

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - The Superior City Council unanimously passed two ordinances that regulate the use and sale of synthetic drugs.

Both are modeled after Duluth's synthetic drug ordinances.

The first directly affects establishments that sell the substance, regulating hours of operation and location.

An establishment must pay a $600 license fee to sell the drugs.

It also has be 500 feet from any park, school, day care facility or residential or mixed use neighborhood.

The second ordinance prohibits the consumption of products labeled not for human consumption and will be punishable by law.

The ordinance was introduced by Superior City Attorney Frog Prell and Superior Police Chief Charles LaGesse.

"We hope that it prevents someone from coming here and selling synthetic drugs in an improper fashion. I think it would be difficult to do in an improper fashion so the ultimate goal is that we don't have a synthetic drug seller in the city," said Chief LaGesse.

Chief LaGesse says the department has seen an increase in the number of calls relating to synthetics, often ending with a trip to the hospital.

While there isn't currently an establishment that sells the product in the city, officials say they want to stay a head of the game.

The ordinance will take affect August 1.

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