City Council Takes First Step To Strengthen Synthetic Marijuana Ordinance

Published 04/10 2014 10:33PM

Updated 04/10 2014 10:45PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- The Lubbock City Council took the first step to strengthen the ordinance that bans synthetic marijuana.

An ordinance was passed back in 2013 which banned certain chemicals in the substance. Many people have reported that some stores in Lubbock still sell synthetic marijuana.

"Going to finally get to a point where we can get something done," Mayor Pro Tem Karen Gibson said during Thursday's City Council meeting.

She said she has been working with numerous agencies to try to find what else the City can do to get the drugs out of Lubbock.

A group called Warriors Against Synthetic Pot, or WASP, protests outside of some smoke shops in Lubbock, the ones they said they have heard still sell the drugs.

"We know who's doing it. you know, and it's just going to take time to get them caught," Jeannine Kelley said.  Kelley is one of WASP's co-founders.

One man spoke to the City Council Thursday saying that he doesn't really support a ban, but he does not want people smoking it either.

"I'm afraid you're going to drive it underground," the man said. "I don't know what the answer is, there's not a perfect answer."

Both Gibson and Kelley said this is at least a start, though it's not a perfect solution either.

"This is a beginning, and it is at least something and it's something we can watch and we can at least keep them on our radar." Gibson said.

"Nobody is actually saying this is going to be a fail safe way to get this out of our stores but it's going to help," Kelley said.

The Lubbock City Council still has to pass the second reading of the ordinance for it to go into effect. The vote Thursday was 5-1, with the mayor being the only vote against it, and Councilman Floyd Price was not present.

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