County to hold special session on ‘bath salts’

by Carol Thompson

A special meeting of the Oswego County Legislature has been called for Wednesday, Aug. 29 at noon in the Legislative Chambers of the Oswego County Office Building in Oswego.

According to the agenda, the purpose of the meeting is to schedule public hearings in regard to four proposed local laws, all pertaining to bath salts.

Legislators will schedule a public hearing on Local Law 3 of 2012, a law prohibiting the sale and possession of psychoactive bath salts, psychoactive herbal incense and synthetic hallucinogens within the county of Oswego.

Another public hearing will be scheduled for Local Law 4 of 2012, which is a law prohibiting the sale, distribution and use of drug and alcohol screening test adulterants and synthetic urine.

The third and fourth public hearings to be scheduled isareon Local Law 5 of 2012, which is the Synthetic Drugs Public Nuisance Abatement Law, and Local Law 6 of 2012, a law prohibiting the sale and possession of salvia divinorum within the county of Oswego.

“The Legislature of the County of Oswego finds that psychoactive bath salts, psychoactive herbal incense also known as synthetic marihuana, synthetic hallucinogens and other synthetic drugs are dangerous substances, public nuisances, pose an immediate threat to the public health and safety within the County of Oswego, all of which substantially and seriously interfere with the interest of the public in the quality of life, the total community environment, commerce in the county, property values, the common good and are detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare,” the resolutions state.

Last month, members of the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee were updated on the problems associated with synthetic drugs by District Attorney Greg Oakes.

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