FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The Forsyth Police Department is trying to crack down on the sale of synthetic marijuana and city leaders are helping them do it.
Forsyth City Council voted to hold a public hearing to discuss putting new laws in place that would prevent the sale, distribution, or possession of incense or herbal smoking blends commonly known as spice.
This substance is sold legally in gas stations and convenience stores in Monroe County and the city of Forsyth.
The Drug Enforcement Administration placed a ban on five types of synthetic marijuana chemicals found in spice. Manufacturers found a loophole. They switched up the chemicals and re-labeled the packages as 'not for human consumption'.
"In Forsyth we want to be proactive with this because we have a lot of concerned citizens that think that teenagers may be using this substance and it has really bad results," says Forsyth Police Chief Keith Corley.
If the new city law passes it would also ban the sale, distribution, or possession of bath salts and related products that simulate the effects of methamphetamine.