|Updated: 6/06/2013 9:01 am
||Published: 6/05/2013 9:17 pm
The Muskogee City Council approved an emergency ordinance last Friday to curb the sale and use of synthetic drugs in the community.
The ordinance declares that the use, possession, sale or display of all forms of synthetic cannabinoids and incense that harms public health or safety is deemed a “public nuisance.”
The ordinance went into effect on Saturday.
"We just want to keep the community safe and healthy," said Muskogee Assistant City Attorney Matthew Beese.
Beese told FOX23 that the ordinance has been in the works for about eight months. He says that the ordinance is the best way for the city and law enforcement to fight the ongoing issue.
Beese says that individuals or stores that violate the ordinance will first be issued a warning.
"The first offense is a warning. Under law, we have to give someone a warning and give them an opportunity to correct it," said Beese.
If violators don't correct the problem they will face fines.
"The first fine is $100, the second fine is $300 and the third and subsequent fines are $500,” said Beese.
He says that the Muskogee Police Department Special Investigations Unit is responsible for serving the ordinances. He anticipates that it will take about a week to have them served within the city.