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Oceana council considers drug paraphernalia ban

By The Associated Press

OCEANA, W.Va. — Oceana Town Council is considering banning drug paraphernalia to combat illegal drug use.

A proposed ordinance would make it illegal to have any equipment, product or material that’s modified to make, use or conceal illegal drugs.

Councilman Jim Cook told The Register-Herald that the ordinance would send a message that the town is serious about fighting illegal drug use.

Cook said people convicted of a first offense would face a $500 fine. The fine for a second offense would be $1,000. The penalty for subsequent offenses would be a $2,000 fine.

Cook said a first reading of the ordinance is scheduled this month. A second reading will be held in July. If approved, it would become effective after 30 days.

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