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Published December 21 2011

Following Moorhead and Clay County, Dilworth may consider paraphernalia law

DILWORTH – The City Council is considering passing its own ban on drug paraphernalia.

Dilworth City Administrator Ken Parke said the council may consider a ban similar to one passed in Moorhead.

Moorhead’s ordinance makes selling, possessing or using items believed to be drug paraphernalia a misdemeanor.

“What we’re doing is we’ll monitor and see what Clay County does,” Parke said.

The Clay County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing regarding a similar ordinance at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday.

In the meantime, Parke said a 60-day moratorium on new smoke shop businesses is in place.

“If somebody is interested in moving into the area, (the moratorium) gives us time to consider this,” Parke said.

If the council moves forward, it will likely discuss the ban at its Jan. 23 meeting.