Synthetic Pot Protesters Picket Local Smoke Shop

A small but motivated group of protesters gathered outside Smokin J's on 50th St. Friday afternoon, picketing the shop's sale of synthetic marijuana. The substance is banned within the City of Lubbock, yet enforcement can be troublesome.
 Victoria Price
vprice@kamc.tv

LUBBOCK, TX - The local war against synthetic marijuana sales continued Friday with protestors outside a local smoke shop.

The group calls themselves W.A.S.P. -- "Warriors Against Synthetic Pot." They picketed outside Smokin' J's on 50th St. City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Karen Gibson even showed up in support of their cause.
   
Protest organizer Gary Leatherwood said he picked that location, because it's where his 25-year-old son had purchased the drug.
His son Dustin almost died from a heart attack, after taking a hit of synthetic marijuana. Leatherwood picked this location because he says it's where his son purchased the drug. But, that wasn't the sole reason.

"It's one of the highest-trafficked areas," Leatherwood says. "We wanted to hit the highest-trafficked areas first."

Synthetic pot is a banned substance in the City of Lubbock.But, Councilwoman Gibson says the problem with enforcing the law, is that producers are constantly altering the chemicals they use.

The protesters say they plan to picket every Friday outside every smoke shop in town, and that they won't stop until the substance is no longer sold here in Lubbock.

"If I save one life by showing this sign to people here today, then I'm happy," according to Leatherwood.

You can visit the W.A.S.P. Facebook page by clicking
here.
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