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Proposed Syracuse Synthetic Drugs Law

Proposed Syracuse Synthetic Drugs Law

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GeneralOrdinanceNo.2012
ORDINANCEAMENDINGCHAPTER16OFTHEREVISEDGENERALORDINANCESOFTHECITYOFSYRACUSETOCREATEANEWARTICLE16ENTITLED"PROHIBITIONREGARDINGTHESALEANDPOSSESSIONOFSYNTHETICDRUGSANDOTHERSIMILARSUBSTANCESORCOMPOUNDS"
WHEREAS,theCityofSyracuse,amongmunicipalitiesnationwide,hasexperiencedandencounteredbusinessessellingproductscontainingsyntheticalternativestotheactiveingredientofmarijuana,ortetrahydrocannabinol("THe"),orothersimilarsubstances,hereinaftercollectivelyreferredtoas"SyntheticDrugs"and/orhaveencounteredtheeffectsofsaidsubstancesonpersonswhousesame;andWHEREAS,inrecentmonths,theSyracusePoliceDepartmenthasexperiencednumeroushealth,safetyandothercrime-relatedissuesthatareaffectingboththeadultandjuvenilepopulationoftheCityofSyracuse,whichsaidissuesinclude,butarenotlimitedtonumerouscaseswhereemergencymedicalattentionand/ortheinterventionoftheSyracusePoliceDepartmentisnecessarytopreventseriousinjurytotheperson(s)whohas/haveingestedaSyntheticDrugorinjurytopeoplewhoencounteraperson(s)whohaslhaveingestedaSyntheticDrug;andWHEREAS,theUnitedStatesDrugEnforcementAdministration,hasnotedtheincreaseinuseofSyntheticDrugsbyvariousdemographicgroupsandtheadverseeffectssaidDrugshaveonpersonswhousesame,whichinclude,butarenotlimitedto:personalinjuries,agitation,anxiety,nausea,vomiting,tachycardia,elevatedbloodpressure,tremors,seizures,hallucinations,paranoidbehavior,non-responsivenessseriousmedicalissues(suchaslossoforganfunctionandcomas)anddeath;and
 
WHEREAS,theUnitedStatesCongress,withtheapprovalofthePresident,recentlyenactedthe"SyntheticDrugAbusePreventionActof2012"tobanthesaleandpossessionofsyntheticdrugcompoundsandchemicalsthatmakeupthedrugsthatarecommonlyreferredtoas"bathsalts";andWHEREAS,inrecentweekstheStateofNewYork,throughtheNewYorkStateCommissionerofHealth,hasprohibitedthesaleofSyntheticDrugswithinNewYorkState;andWHEREAS,thisCommonCouncil,hasdeterminedthat,despitethebanonthesaleofSyntheticDrugswithintheStateofNewYork,peoplewillcontinuetobeabletoobtainanduseSyntheticDrugs-primarilyviatheInternet-suchthattheadverseeffectsofsaidDrugs-bothonthatuse,aswellastothosewhoencounterpeopleundertheinfluenceofsaidDrugs-willcontinuetoadverselyimpactthehealth,safetyandwellbeingofthecitizensoftheCityofSyracuse,NewYork;andWHEREAS,thisCommonCouncilisoftheopinionthatthehealth,safetyandwellbeingofthecitizensoftheCityofSyracuseisfurtheredbybanningthesaleandpossessionofsyntheticcannabinoidsandothersimilarsyntheticsubstancesbecause,despitethesaleofsaidDrugsbeingbannedbytheStateofNewYork,theDrugswillstillbeobtainable-primarily-viatheInternet,suchthatthepossessionoftheSyntheticDrugswillcontinuetohaveadverseimpactsonthecommunity;NOW,THEREFORE,BEITORDAINED,bytheCommonCounciloftheCityofSyracuse,thatChapter16oftheRevisedGeneralOrdinancesisherebyamendedbyaddinganewArticle16theretoentitled"ProhibitionregardingtheSaleandPossessionofSyntheticDrugsandothersimilarSubstancesorCompounds"whichshallread:
 
Section16-41Definitions
(A)AsusedinthisSection,"SyntheticDrug"meansanyproduct,whetherdescribedastobacco,potpourri,herbs,incense,spice,aromatic,bathsalts,syntheticmarijuana,syntheticstimulantoranycombinationthereof,andwhethermarketedforthepurposeofbeingingestedotherwisemarketedwhichincludes,butisnotlimitedtooneormoreofthefollowinghallucinogenicsubstances:(1)1-Pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole;sometradeorothernames:JWH-018;or(2)1-Butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole;sometradeorothernames:JVVH-073;or(3)1-[2-(4-morpholinyl)ethyl]-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole;sometradeorothernames:JWH-200:or(4)5-(1.1-dimethyloctyl)-2-[1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl[-phenol;sometradeorothernames:CP47,497;or(5)5-(1.1-dimethylocty1)-2-[(1R.3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol;sometradeorothernames:cannabicyclohexanol;CP-47,497C8homologue;or(6)4-methylmethcathinone(Mephedrone);or(7)3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone(MDPV);or(8)3,4-Methylenedioxymethcathinone,commonlyknownasMethylone;or(9)3-Methoxymethcathinone;or(10)3-Fluoromethcathinone;or(11)4-Fluoromethcathinone(12)AnysubstanceprohibitedinanOrderforSummaryActionintheMatteroftheSaleandDistributionofSyntheticCannabinoidsissuedbytheNewYorkStateDepartmentofHealthdatedMarch28,2012andanysimilarOrdersubsequentlyissuedbytheStateofNewYorkDepartmentofHealth.(13)Anysubstanceprohibitedunderfederallawpursuanttothe"SyntheticDrugAbusePreventionActof2012"(14)Anysyntheticdruganalogwhichshallmeanasubstancecontainingthefollowing:a.ThechemicalstructureofwhichissubstantiallysimilartothechemicalstructureofaSyntheticDrugasdescribedabove;orb.Whichhasastimulant,depressant,orhallucinogeniceffectonthecentralnervoussystemthatissubstantiallysimilartoorgreaterthanthestimulant,depressant,orhallucinogeniceffectonthecentralnervoussystemofaSyntheticDrugasdescribedabove;orc.Whichsuchpersonrepresentsorintendstohaveastimulant,depressant,or

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