Southlake moved one step closer to joining the ranks of Texas cities prohibiting the use, possession and sale of the synthetic compound, K2, which authorities say produces effects similar to marijuana when a proposed Ordinance was approved on the first reading December 7, 2010.
K2 is sold under numerous names, including “Spice,” “Spice Gold,” “Spice Diamond,” “Yucatan Fire,” “Solar Flare,” “Pep Spice,” “Fire N’ Ice,” “Genie,” “Dascents,” “Zohai,” “Sage,” “K-2 Summit,” “K-2 Sex,” and “KO Knock-Out 2.” The language in the proposed Ordinance will make it unlawful to use, posses, or sell the product within the city limits of Southlake.
According to Police Chief Robert Finn, “this Ordinance will work to protect the health and safety of our community, particularly the youth who are drawn to the product because it is still legal. The medical dangers posed by the use of this substance make it an appropriate safety concern for the community.”
Currently the Texas Legislature has two bills filed to ban these substances and encourages local municipalities to enact Ordinances to show the need for a State wide ban. The DEA has also banned the sale of the chemicals used to produce synthetic marijuana for one year while the health effects of their use are further studied.
If passed at the January 4, 2011 regular City Council meeting on the second reading the Ordinance will become effective January 14, 2011. The fine for violating the Ordinance is $500 per occurrence.