Madison County taking steps to ban synthetic drugs
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MADISON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Weeks after a raid at the Tebb's head shop in Oneida, Madison County leaders are also taking action against synthetic drugs.
Members of the board of supervisors Tuesday amended a proposed ban to include more chemicals and what are known as analogs, compounds that mimic others that have been outlawed.
To strengthen action taken by New York's governor last week, municipalities have been passing laws that would make the penalty for selling or possessing bath salts and other synthetics as much as a year in jail. The streamlining of the proposals is improving on ones that have been coming out over the past couple of months.
"That's where we were two months ago is kind of a shotgun approach, we need to do something, let's do anything. And we stepped back, took a breath and did what we were supposed to, strengthened and did it the right way," said Madison County board of Supervisors Chair John Becker.
The public hearing and the vote on the proposed synthetic drug ban will take place at the next meeting of the Madison County Board of Supervisors.