CHARLES TOWN TO INSTITUTE DRUG HOUSE POLICY

It seems to be working in Martinsburg, so now the Charles Town City Council is considering a new ordinance aimed at cracking down on landlords who permit their tenants to run drugs and prostitutes on rented properties. A new Drug and Gang Houses, Houses of Prostitution and Illegal Gambling Houses Ordinance if it passes, would mean landlords could face a fine if they encourage or permit illegal activity such as drug use and distribution, prostitution or illegal gambling, or if they fail to implement reasonable and warranted abatement measures identified in a citation. Martinsburg passed similar legislation in 2016, and since then several other municipalities to take similar action.

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