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Wasilla City Council unable to ban sale of synthetic drugs

By Dave Detling 6:19 AM February 27, 2014

Council votes 3-2; one vote shy of a win

WASILLA – City leaders are rethinking their strategy after an unsuccessful effort to ban the use, possession and sale of synthetic drugs in Wasilla.

Earlier this week, the City Council failed to pass an anti-synthetic drug measure based on the one passed by the Anchorage Assembly.

Councilman Brandon Wall said he voted the ban down because he believes it was poorly and broadly worded.

“There are a lot of things that could be construed as illegal based on that ordinance,” Brandon said. “We’re not looking at what’s inside of a package.”

The City Council is looking at amendments to the failed ordinance and hopes to bring it up for public discussion in April.

According to police there are six smoke shops in the Wasilla area selling what authorities call “synthetic drugs,” but because there is no ordinance or code, the businesses are perfectly legal.

Wasilla is currently exploring future code violations with fees of up to $300.

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