A proposed ban on the sale of synthetic marijuana, also known as cannabinoids or “bath salts,” goes to a hearing Tuesday night before the Haverhill City Council. Mayor James J. Fiorentini said recently he proposed the ordinance after learning of “overdose” deaths in other cities.
“All throughout New England, there has been a growing problem with so-called ‘synthetic marijuana.’ While this has not yet become a problem in Haverhill, we shouldn’t wait until it is. The time to act is now, before there is an overdose in the city,” Fiorentini said.
The proposed law, placed on file two weeks ago, prohibits people or businesses from selling synthetic cannabinoids, often labeled as “herbal incense,” “potpourri,” “bath salts,” “jewelry cleaner,” “fake pot” or “smokable incense.” The draft ordinance requires a written warning, but no other penalties for the first offense and a fine of $300 or other criminal action for any subsequent offenses. Haverhill police will be charged with enforcement.
Also on the Haverhill City Council agenda, a hearing is expected to be held, after several postponements since last June, on the proposed acceptance of streets within a condominium development as public ways. Developer Magnum Partners, LLC is asking the council to give the status to Perspective Drive and Magnavista Drive. Magnum Manager John H. Pearson, Jr., former president of the failed Butler Bank, Lowell, and member Stephen J. Doherty last week asked for an extension until Tuesday’s council meeting in order to ensure all outstanding items required by the Haverhill Conservation Committee are completed.
The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in council chambers at Haverhill City Hall.