KAYSVILLE – An amendment that will more tightly regulate potential smoke shops passed the city council here unanimously on Tuesday.
“Prior to last night we did not have any specific regulations,” said John Thacker, city manager, on Wednesday.
He said it became an issue when an arrest was made at a smoke shop in the city in November.
Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force officers arrested three men associated with Victor’s Smoke Shop after undercover agents allegedly purchased spice at the store on multiple occasions.
The store has since been closed.
The new regulations are similar to those in place for businesses that sell alcohol, said Thacker.
They require additional background checks through the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification. They also require that businesses that have a threshhold at 40 percent tobacco sales be 1,000 feet from churches and schools and 600 feet from homes or other tobacco specialty businesses.
Police Chief Sol Oberg told the council that the new regulations will allow police officers to do what they “legally, morally and ethically” can do regarding smoke shops in the city.