It's Official: Clarksburg Bans Bath Salts, Honors Previous Mayors
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on December 07, 2012 @ 7:49AM
Created on December 07, 2012 @ 11:00PM
Another victory in the fight against bath salts. That's according to Clarksburg Council members.
They passed their final reading Thursday of an ordinance which will force those caught in possession of, or advertising, bath salts to pay for it.
A $500 fine can be slapped in the hands of the violator. The drugs will then be sent to a lab, and if certain chemicals are found in them, they'll then face federal charges. This makes Clarksburg the first municipality to enforce a ban on a city level.
"This is just another way for us to squeeze something that we just hate here in Harrison County. We hate what it's doing to people's lives and we just took an opportunity now that - if you're going to market it, you're not going to be able to market it in city limits. And police are going to be able to take action on it and they will be able to fine you," said Mayor Patsy Trecost.
President Barack Obama signed a bill just a few months ago banning those certain chemicals.
Before their meeting started, the city unveiled what they call a wall of fame. There were 11 past mayors, along with current Mayor Patsy Trecost, there to celebrate and socialize. Since 1957, there's been 24 mayors serving the city. All their pictures are now hanging in the main room as soon as you enter the building. Three previous mayors are also currently serving as council members.
Councilwoman Margaret Bailey was one of two women to have ever served as mayor. There were plenty of thanks given to those who have served in the past from current members, who said they appreciate all the time they've put into making the city the best place to live.
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