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BMA to hold called meeting for final vote on synthetic drug moratorium

The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen is wasting no time in finding a way to fight synthetic drugs.
The BMA will hold a public hearing and called meeting on Thursday, March 8, at 8 a.m., to vote on the final reading of its planned temporary moratorium on the sale or distribution of synthetic drugs in town.
Leaders voted last month, on first reading, to enact the moratorium, which will be in effect until town leaders decide whether safety concerns dictate the sale of such drugs should be limited to a certain zone or zones.
Town officials will report to the BMA by July 15, at which point the issue could be moot.
Currently, state legislators are considering a proposed bill to ban the sale of such substances.
According to Town Attorney Jim Wheeler, the state must first pass its budget before considering the bill to ban the sale of synthetic drugs since the law would come with a fiscal note.
That means the state ban, if approved, probably would go into effect around July 1.
While other communities have deemed the sale of synthetic drugs a public nuisance and enforced a $50 daily fine on businesses selling them, Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe said the town chose to go a different route.
“We chose to deal with this issue through our zoning process. We are considering putting it into a particular area for sale only to allow us to enact a moratorium,” Wolfe said. “There is no desire from anyone to see these substances sold within city limits. We want to move as quickly as possible in making this permanent pending state legislation.”