Those intent on manufacturing or using synthetic opioids, including vaping products, in public will have to look outside Fulton County to do so.

“We have received correspondence from the chief of police in the city of Milton (George “Rich” Austin) and Fulton County Police Chief Darryl Halbert expressing their support for the amendment to this ordinance,” said Fulton County District 2 Commissioner Bob Ellis, who sponsored the amendment along with District 1 Commissioner Liz Hausmann and District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall.

At its March 20 recess meeting at the county government center in downtown Atlanta, the Fulton Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 to amend an ordinance which would prohibit the sale, manufacture and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic opioids and synthetic cathinone within unincorporated Fulton. District 6 Commissioner Emma Darnell was absent.

This marked the second reading of the ordinance, which was introduced by Ellis at the March 6 regular meeting and modeled after Milton’s ordinance, according to a news release. The only change in the county ordinance came from Hausmann, who wanted the phrase “to prohibit the use of such substances in Fulton County parks” removed.

According to Ellis, the county does not have any public parks since all are located within a city that owns them, following metro Atlanta’s incorporation boom of the past 15 years.

“I appreciate Commissioner Hausmann and Hall’s support for this ordinance,” Ellis said.


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