Council passes synthetic marijuana ordinance

It was another emotional city council meeting Thursday night as Gina Johnson and others shared their experiences with synthetic drugs before council made their final decision on a possible ban. Johnson read a poem about crystal meth, which she says is comparable to synthetic pot. “I can bring you more misery than words can tell. Come take my hand, let me lead you to Hell. That’s what this stuff does. It leads you to hell.”

Leonardo Mojica also commented on the drugs saying “my grandson the other day, two weeks ago came with another kid, passed out on the floor. I thought that kid was dying. We had to call an ambulance. They came and he looked like a zombie. I know of a 22 year old kid that’s in a pamper crying like a baby because it did brain damage to him. It’s irreversible. He’ll never be the same again.”

Johnson has been spearheading the synthetic marijuana issue ever since she first introduced it to council about two months ago. After weeks of talking about the issue, taking public comment and research done by the board of health, council took their first vote on an ordinance that would ban synthetic drugs from Lubbock shelves.

Johnson was ecstatic with the results of the vote, “we got it done, you know. We got the first step done. You know, it is just the tip of the ice burg but we’ve got forward momentum and we’re just going to keep going.”

The next step will be a second vote by council on February 14th. Councilwoman Karen Gibson and Johnson are confident due to the momentum after last night’s meeting. Gibson told us “council has been on board from the start, it didn’t take anything to convince them.”

Despite the tax money the city would be losing from a complete ban on the sale, possession and distribution of synthetic marijuana, Gibson is confident in the council’s decision and it’s influence it may have on towns in the surrounding area saying “we have them all over, watching us to see what we do. And I really believe we’re fixing to start seeing a lot of ordinances passed in the small communities around here.”

Gibson and Johnson plan to continue their efforts by taking the issue to Austin, and maybe even further.

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