Superior considers ban on synthetic marijuana, drugs
Speed is going to be of the essence when the city of Superior plunges ahead with a synthetic drug ordinance of its own, according to Superior Mayor Dave Ross.
Ross said after meeting Tuesday with a synthetic marijuana distributor who wants to set up shop in Superior, he plans to expedite efforts to get the ordinance to the council next week.
It is a ban the city has been working on for a little while, Ross said. However, he said, his goal is to make it a more comprehensive ordinance than the one adopted by the Duluth City Council on Monday night.
"We need to close the window quickly," Ross said. "I don't view this as economic development. I view it as a threat to the city."
Ross said that in discussing the issue with the synthetic marijuana distributor, he was told there are a variety of synthetic drug formulations that mimic other drugs such as acid and crack, and other illegal drugs that pose a greater risk to users.
Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters said that many times laws are written to address specific aspects of drugs and someone in a lab will change the makeup of a drug to get around the law. He said among his goals is to inform and educate the public about the dangers of synthetic drugs.
Peters said Superior's ordinance is being modeled after one in Eau Claire, Wis. In July, the Eau Claire City Council adopted the ban.
The mayor said his goal is to develop a comprehensive ordinance that doesn't leave any loopholes. While Superior city officials had looked at Duluth's ordinance, Ross said it didn't go far enough.
"I fully expect the states [Minnesota and Wisconsin] to ban these drugs, but we're going to be very aggressive to make sure they're not sold in Superior," Ross said. "We're going to take every step to protect the community."