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Town passes moratorium against synthetic drugs

The Town of Mountain City held a second and final reading of Ordinance Number 1283 that established a moratorium on the sale and distribution of synthetic drugs or substances on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Mayor Keeble, Aldermen Morrison, Icenhour, and Jordan voted for the passage of the ordinance. Alderman Crosswhite was unable to attend.
At the March City Council meeting, the first reading of an ordinance similar to the one implemented by the Town of Jonesborough, Tennessee was voted on and passed. It will prohibit the sale, trade, barter and exchange of any chemical compound or synthetic drug that is not governed by the State of Tennessee within Mountain City limits. Additionally, anyone found in violation would be subject to a fine of $50 plus court costs. The ordinance went into effect immediately. Tennessee legislation is still pending that will address the chemical makeup of the synthetic drugs.
At the Johnson County commissioner meeting later the same evening, Rev. Dwayne Dickson, pastor of First Christian Church, addressed the commissioners with concerns over the sale of synthetic drugs on a local level. According to Dickson, he was informed by the director of Woodridge, a mental health and chemical dependence facility in Johnson City, that 25 percent of their patients were synthetic drug users. Based on his concerns for the youth of the county, Dickson asked the commissioners to do something to stop the sale of these dangerous drugs here. “”We have to work legally,” he added.
He also encourages churches and Christians to spend one day a week between the hours of 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Cloud 9 Emporium on Highway 421. “We want to cost the guy as much money as possible,” said Dickson.
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