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Surfside Beach discusses ordinance to ban synthetic drugs

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SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Monday night Surfside Beach Town Council members discussed an ordinance that would ban the sale of synthetic drugs inside town limits.

Councilwoman Beth Kohlmann said after a woman came to a council meeting and expressed her concern over the growing problem of synthetic drugs in Surfside Beach, Kohlmann wanted to know more. Kohlmann said she went to the business the woman said her son was buying the product from.

"I went and sat and watched the location numerous nights and days and mornings and saw the different clientele that was going in and out. And there really wasn't just one specific group. It's just a wide variety. It was just a revolving door," Kohlmann said.

At Monday's meeting, the Surfside Beach Police Department proposed an ordinance that, if passed, would ban the sale of the synthetic drugs in the town. In many cases, once a particular ingredient often made in the synthetic products is banned, manufacturers make the product with a new, legal ingredient. Therefore, it becomes an ongoing issue because manufactures simply change the make-up of the product. Kohlmann said the ordinance would help alleviate any gray area there is in the law.

"I just started making phone calls all around the country to find out what other law enforcement agencies have done and what other townships have done that was effective. And then I tried to compile as much of it as I could and try to figure out where to close those loopholes which is not an easy thing," Kohlmann said.

Right now the ordinance will move to Surfside's town attorneys. The attorneys are expected to look over the ordinance and decide whether or not it's feasible and if any changes need to be made.

Once the attorneys approve the ordinance, it will move back to council to vote on.


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