The city of Waupaca is among the municipalities in the county to bring an ordinance that prohibits the possession, use and sale of synthetic cannabinoids before its common council.
The proposed ordinance was before the Waupaca Common Council when it met on Nov. 16. It was on first reading, which means it is now scheduled for a vote during the council’s Dec. 21 meeting.
Police Chief Tim Goke told the council that the proposed ordinance relates to what is referred to by the street or trade names of “Spice,” “K2,” “Genie,” “Yucatan Fire,” “fake” or “new” marijuana.
The proposal before the Common Council would make it illegal for people to use, possess, purchase, attempt to purchase, sell, publicly display for sale or attempt to sell, give or barter any of those chemicals, whether they are under common street or trade names.
The police chief described it as a synthetic spray that is placed on incense and that like marijuana, when inhaled, results in a high.
“We have had at least one encounter in the city in the last week where it was being sold. The business has since pulled it off its shelves voluntarily,” he said.
Goke said it is becoming a statewide issue and that many municipalities are adopting ordinances.
“The product has been out there for several years,” he said. “No one in the city is selling it now that we are aware of.”