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Kingsport OKs ban on synthetic drugs

December 7th, 2011 6:33 am by Matthew Lane

Kingsport OKs ban on synthetic drugs

KINGSPORT — Mayor Dennis Phillips said in about 10 days the Kingsport Police Department is going to be busy in every business in town that sells synthetic marijuana and bath salts, now that a new ban has been approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The BMA gave final approval Tuesday night on a synthetic drug ban within the city limits. The ban goes into effect in 10 days, with violators facing a $50 fine for the sale, possession, manufacture and transport of such products as synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

Synthetic marijuana — marketed as “K2” or “Spice” — is a chemical that is applied to herbal substances, incense or potpourri and smoked to mimic marijuana, but with a stronger hallucinogenic reaction. Some users have experienced strokes and seizures.

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