Christian County Attorney Mike Foster says it is important that the synthetic drug issue be dealt with on a statewide basis instead of passing hundreds of city and county ordinances.
Speaking at a Monday morning news conference, Foster said other counties had asked him for help in crafting a local ordinance banning synthetic drugs, but he warned them new General Assembly legislation would be needed.
Foster says there would be several problems with local ordinances, most notably the ability to stand up to inevitable legal challenges.
Like everyone else who spoke, Foster said synthetic drugs are becoming one of the most dangerous problems facing Kentucky, partly because they are sold under the guise of “bath salts” or as incense.
State Representative John Tilley is co-sponsoring the bill that more broadly bans the substances and says the legislation has bi-partisan support in both the house and senate. The bill also creates harsh penalties for businesses that choose to sell the products.