Commissioners Approve Anti-Vaping Legislation

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Fulton County Commissioners Approve Anti-Vaping Legislation

March 20, 2019

At their March 20, 2019 meeting, Fulton County Commissioners voted 6-0 in favor of new legislation to battle synthetic opioids and cannabinoids in the unincorporated areas of Fulton County. The resolution was introduced by District 2 Commissioner Bob Ellis with District 1 Commissioner Liz Hausmann and District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall signing on as co-sponsors. It is modeled after a proposal recently passed in the City of Milton.

“Limiting the sale and distribution of vaping products and other synthetic opioids is a great step,” said District 1Commissioner Bob Ellis. “Too many kids are using these products thinking it’s the ‘in’ thing to do and in the process ignoring the risks posed and the negative effects these substances have on their health.”

The resolution will prohibit the sale, manufacture, and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, opioids, and amphetamines within unincorporated Fulton County as well as prohibiting the use of similar substances that produce vapor or smoke. Fulton County joins the City of Milton and other localities taking similar action by cracking down on the sale of synthetic opiates and marijuana at so-called “vape” shops.

The substances often have altered chemical makeup to get around state and federal regulations yet they may also mimic the effects of Schedule 1 substances. Many synthetic cannabinoids, opioids, and amphetamines remain highly addictive and can lead to the abuse of other substances. The ordinance covers the remaining unincorporated portions of Fulton County along the Fulton Industrial Boulevard corridor. Violators could be subject to fine or imprisonment.