There’s not only a high cost to society in deaths, injuries, mental health costs and crime, but the taxpayers pay exorbitant amounts to incarcerate, prosecute and rehabilitate the offenders.
It is vitally important to understand, however, that although we have apparently won an initial round in ridding our region of synthetic marijuana, the fight is far from over.
Although selling the substances is now subject to a civil penalty, possessing it or using it isn’t yet illegal, law enforcement officials have warned. People can merely cross state lines to obtain it.
More comprehensive legislation is needed to criminalize its distribution, sale, possession and use.
We strongly urge our counties to adopt such legislation as soon as possible, and we implore our state and national politicians to follow suit and not waste time in ridding our society of such harmful and toxic substances.
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