New Ordinance Punishes Business Owners Selling Synthetic Drugs

By Staff Report

NewsWest 9

HOBBS - A new ordinance went into effect today that punishes business owners if they're caught selling synthetic drugs.

It's the latest effort by Hobbs to shut down the sale and use of drugs like spice and bath-salts.

The first time a business is caught selling, the drugs will be seized and the establishment will be shut down for 7 days.

A second violation will require the business to close for a year.

Bath salts and spice are often sold in smoke shops and convenience stores under the label of potpourri.