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July 9, 2014

City council declares synthetic marijuana public health nuisance

McALESTER — McAlester city councilors have passed a measure declaring the sale of synthetic marijuana a public health nuisance.

City councilors and Mayor Steve Harrison voted unanimously to enact the measure during the council’s regular Tuesday night meeting in the council chambers at City Hall.

The measure passed as an amendment to a previous ordinance relating to the environment, with the new provision calling “Synthetic Cannabinoids and Incense” a public nuisance.

Synthetic cannabinoids included “synthetic cannabinoid salts, isomers or salts of isomers” whenever the substances existence is possible within specific chemical groups.

Incense was defined as “loose leaf incense, herbal incense, granular incense or aromatic plant material which containing any chemical compound, synthetic or natural, which imitates the effect of any controlled substance in granular, loose leaf or powder form which may be used or converted into a form intended for introduction to the human body.”

Ward 3 Councilor/Vice Mayor Travis Read presented the measure to the council, saying he and other councilors have had complaints on the issue. After passing the measure, city councilors declared it an emergency, meaning it took effect immediately.

The measure does not make violations a criminal offense, calling for jail time if convicted. Instead, the council characterized violations as a public nuisance, calling for fines for those who violate the procedure.

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