Victoria council to consider repeal of synthetic marijuana ban because of stricter federal law

Sonny Long

March 15, 2011 at 9:04 p.m.
Updated March 14, 2011 at 10:15 p.m.

The city of Victoria will likely soon repeal its ban of synthetic marijuana because the federal government has stepped in with stronger regulations.

On Tuesday city attorney Thomas Gwosdz recommended to the council that the ordinance passed earlier this year be taken off the books.

"This got moved to an entirely different arena than we expected," he said. "The feds have gotten involved and it's a big deal now.

"On March 1 the Drug Enforcement Administration added all the substances in our ordinance and at least one other to Schedule I of controlled substances, the same schedule cocaine and heroin are on," Gwosdz explained.

"Our ordinance carries a fine of up to $500, under the federal law it could mean possession with intent to distribute and carry up to 20 years in prison," said the city attorney.

Since the ordinance has been put in place the police department has written about a dozen violations of the ordinance, mostly to retail establishments that had the product on the shelf, said the city attorney. Those cases will be heard in municipal court.

The council will consider repealing the ordinance at its April 5 meeting.

Also Tuesday the council, among other actions, approved the first reading of an ordinance regulating rotocraft landings and approved a budget amendment to pay for sewer line testing and inspection in the Mayfair Terrace subdivision.



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