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Synthetic marijuana ban followed
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All of Conyers' convenience stores have passed inspections regarding the recent ban on sales of synthetic marijuana, according to police. 

In recent compliance checks with local convenience stores, the Conyers Police Department (CPD) found all to be compliant with a new state law pertaining to now prohibited sales of synthetic marijuana and other city ordinances.

“When the state legislature passed the ban on all forms of synthetic marijuana late last month, we wanted to be proactive and enforce that this new state law is being adhered to in all convenience  stores in Conyers,” said Chief of Police Gene Wilson.

Police and inspectors visited 20 convenience stores in the city limits last week and found all to be in compliance of the new law prohibiting synthetic marijuana. Officers were quick to praise convenience store managers that were leery of carrying the potentially deadly substance prior to the ban and who had already made the decision not to carry it in their stores.

Often marketed as herbal incense, the ingredients in synthetic marijuana are combined with dried vegetation with intent to mimic the effects of THC found in marijuana. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported a there were 6,959 calls nationwide relating to the adverse effects associated with synthetic drugs in 2011. Use of synthetic marijuana can cause psychosis, an increase in violent behavior and even death.

Alcohol checks pass

On March 30, officers and inspectors visited nine restaurants in the city limits and found all to be compliant with state laws and city ordinances pertaining to the sale and consumption of alcohol on premise.

“Too often we overlook those businesses, owners and managers that do care, want to obey the law and do the right thing. This is a chance for us to focus on the positive and give a pat on the back to those making an effort and looking out for the safety of our citizens and visitors in Conyers,” said Wilson.

The checks were part of routine inspections and done in response to complaints or those that may question the business practices of establishments. Questions or complaints should be directed to the Conyers Police Department at 770-483-6600.