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The Times
  • Herkimer votes to ban synthetic marijuana

  • The Herkimer Village Board of Trustees on Monday passed a law to prohibit the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and other similar substances and compounds within the village.

    “This area has been hit really hard by the drug. This is dangerous stuff and it’s ruining people’s lives,” said Herkimer Police Chief Joseph Malone.

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  • The Herkimer Village Board of Trustees on Monday passed a law to prohibit the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and other similar substances and compounds within the village.
    “This area has been hit really hard by the drug. This is dangerous stuff and it’s ruining people’s lives,” said Herkimer Police Chief Joseph Malone.
    The federal Drug Enforcement Administration and New York state have outlawed the sale of synthetic marijuana, but have not given local governments the authority to enforce the ban.
    Herkimer Village Attorney Nicholas Macri said, “Chief Malone recognized synthetic marijuana as a problem and to due the inability to properly enforce the law, the problem could not be adequately solved. With help from Chief Malone we were able to create a local law for the village to enforce the ban and possession of synthetic marijuana.”
    The law bans the local sale of synthetic marijuana, but it does not ban the purchase of the substance from elsewhere.
    Malone said the sale of drug has become popular, especially online. “This is the reason why we included possession of the synthetic drug within the local law. Although we have put an end to the sale locally it will still remain in the area, but because possession of the drug is addressed within the local law we have furthered our ability to put a stop to the synthetic drug in the village,” he said.
    Violations of the local law can result in a fine up to $250 and/or a 30-day imprisonment.
    The local law will become active once it is filed with the state.
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