County Council is set to take emergency action after the October 4 death of 19-year-old Anderson University basketball player Lamar Jack, who died from his use of synthetic marijuana.
At tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting, council members will vote on placing an immediate temporary ban on the sale or possession of fake marijuana and the synthetic stimulants called “bath salts.” Council chairman Tommy Dunn says the council voted 7-0 two weeks ago on first reading on a permanent ban of the synthetic drugs. Now after the local death, Dunn says council members feel now that they can’t wait for two more votes.
Dunn says an emergency ban would last 30 days, but expects that in two weeks the council will vote on third reading for the permanent ban. Dunn says he has not received any communications from any county citizens against the ban.
Dunn says he expects that there will be a statewide ban on the synthetic stimulants in the near future, but in the meantime other counties and municipalities around the state are taking similar actions as Anderson County.
AUDIO: Dunn says the council wants to be proactive.