Synthetic marijuana sales banned by Senecas

March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First

March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM EDT

The Seneca Nation of Indians Council is banning the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana, bath salts and drug-use paraphernalia on its five territories.

Tribal officials voted March 10 in favor of the ban, which includes the city of Salamanca in Allegany County.

A statement issued Monday by the Senecas said that the decision did not have anything to do with a U.S. government raid Feb. 23 in Basom, Genesee County, since the Nation ban was in the works for months and that territory is not part of the Seneca Nation.

"This is another good decision for the Seneca Nation and its neighbors, and is consistent with our long-standing aversion to drugs and drug-related instruments," said Nation President Robert Odawi Porter. "These drug-related substances have no place around children and are not in the community's best interests."

The Nation's territories include Allegany, near Silver Creek, Irving and Gowanda; Buffalo Creek in downtown Buffalo; Seneca Niagara in Niagara Falls and Oil Spring near the village of Cuba.

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