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Mayor Bowser Signs “Sale of Synthetic Drugs Emergency Amendment Act of 2015” Into Law

Sunday, July 19, 2015  
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Source: DC.gov

Businesses warned: "Two strikes, you're out"

(Washington, DC)  July 15, 2015 - Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by administration officials and members of the DC Council, signed the “Sale of Synthetic Drugs Emergency Amendment Act of 2015” into law. This law will combat the use and sale of synthetic drugs throughout the city by authorizing law enforcement and regulatory officials to take swifter and stronger action against bad acting businesses that sell these illegal products. The law significantly increases the penalties for any business found to be selling synthetic drugs.

“I have issued a fair warning to business owners who continue to sell and distribute these dangerous drugs” said Mayor Bowser. “The new law takes a 'two strikes and you’re out' approach. Beginning today, any business that possesses synthetic drugs will face harsh penalties for the first offense and will lose their license after a second offense. I thank the Council for their swift action and residents from all eight wards for strongly supporting this legislation to crack down on the sale of these drugs.”

The new law states that the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) now has the authority to shut down a first-offender for up to 96 hours, with a $10,000 fine for its first violation. MPD has also been given the authority to shut down repeat offenders for up to 30 days, with a $20,000 fine, while the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will move to permanently revoke its license.

Read full article at: http://dc.gov/release/mayor-bowser-signs-%E2%80%9Csale-synthetic-drugs-emergency-amendment-act-2015%E2%80%9D-law

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