Columbus PD alerting stores of new ordinance

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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – The Kratom crackdown is underway in Columbus.

Tuesday night, councilmen approved an ordinance banning cannabinoids and other synthetic products within city limits.

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It went into effect immediately.

That means stores and people can’t sell, buy, possess or distribute those products, which includes Kratom products.

Wednesday, Police Chief Fred Shelton printed 50 copies of the ordinance for officers to take to convenience stores who sell the product.

Shelton said it’s to let stores know they need to take the banned products off display.

“This is something new we are going to have to take it and work it on a case-by-case basis, but we will be enforcing this ordinance. If a person is selling or possessing they will be charged,” said Chief Shelton.

Shelton said the new ordinance applies to users too.

If users buy the product in a different town and are caught using or possessing it in Columbus, they’ll be ticketed.

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