City Council Hears More Concerns About Synthetic Marijuana

Published 04/24 2014 10:43PM

Updated 04/25 2014 07:20AM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- Thursday, the Lubbock City Council heard from more people about their concerns about synthetic marijuana. They also passed the second reading of the ordinance, which added more substances to the list.

"The drug dumbed me down," one woman told City Council Thursday, sharing her personal story of using synthetic drugs. "This drug is the devil himself and it keeps people from living a positive life that God has given us to live."

"We don't need to have it in our town," another man told them.

A woman even came from Abernathy to share her experiences, not only as someone who knew a person who used the drugs, but also from her experience in the medical field.

"This is something that once these kids are trying it, these young adults are trying it, a couple of times, they're getting sucked into it," she said.

"It attacks organs. It does things to the body the body that we don't even know yet, and I just think this is something that is extremely important that we get a grip on now," she continued.

Synthetic marijuana was first banned in 2013, and since then, Mayor Pro Tem Karen Gibson said she's been doing a lot of work to try to not only make the ordinance stronger, but see what else the city can do to get rid of the drugs.

"I will tell you everyone on this dais wants this poison out of our town. We don't agree on the best method of getting it out of our town, but I think you will see action in the near future.  Thanks to Mayor Pro Tem Gibson and her work with legal maybe we can come up with some ordinance in the future that will actually have teeth and be enforced," Mayor Robertson said.

The ordinance passed 6-1 Thursday, with only the Mayor voting against it.

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