HARRODSBURG — Mercer County has joined a growing number of county and city governments in Kentucky that are banning synthetic drugs.
Mercer Fiscal Court passed the second reading and adoption Tuesday of an ordinance banning the possession or sale of synthetic marijuana or cannabinoids.
“These substances are harmful if consumed and present a significant public health danger that can result in hospitalization or death,” the ordinance states.
Violation of the new ordinance is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months imprisonment, a fine of up to $500 or both.
Synthetic drugs are not a major problem in the area, but officials wanted to have a law on the record because surrounding counties have passed the laws, said Mercer Sheriff Ernie Kelty after the meeting.