The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 17, 2013

Neosho Council takes action against sales, display of synthetic drugs

By Roger McKinney

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho City Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to measures banning the sale or public display of synthetic drugs within the city.

Final approval is likely at the May 7 Council meeting.

One measure relates to synthetic stimulants, sometimes called bath salts and the other relates to synthetic marijuana. They would prohibit stores from selling or displaying the products and would allow the city to seek injunctions against people or businesses. Violations are misdemeanors.

Mayor Richard Davidson called the measures “pioneering” and said they are the result of a yearlong effort that included a public forum.