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City officials crack down on sale of synthetic drugs

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On July 20, 2015
Yvette Alexander

Ward 7 Councilwoman Alexander gave a stiff warning to business owners in
new strategy to combat synthetic drugs.

“I’m giving fair warning to my businesses in Ward 7, I’m coming out to get you ... because I know where you are,” proclaimed Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander during the mayor’s press conference announcing a new strategy to give stiff penalties to business owners found selling synthetic drugs.

Representatives of the Department of Housing, DC Regulation Affairs, Police Chief Cathy Lanier, and other city officials, including Mayor Muriel Bowser, unveiled a comprehensive drug enforcement strategy in response to the prevalence of synthetic drugs. 

Gathered in the small courtyard outside of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Mayor Bowser made it clear that her emergency legislation to the Council, The Sale of Synthetic Drugs Emergency Amendment Act of 2015, would fine businesses $10,000 for their first offense and shut down their establishment for up to 96 hours. 

The business owner would also have to submit a remediation plan outlining how the business will move forward in preventing the sale of synthetic drugs on their premises. 

If a business is found violating for a second time, the establishment can be shut down for up to 30 days and be fined $20,000 and DCRA will begin the process of permanently revoking its business license.

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