At Monday night’s Eastland City Commissioners’ meeting, Police Chief Cecil Funderburgh presented an ordinance to ban the use, purchase, possession and sale of a synthetic cannabinoids or salvia divinorum, which may be sold under such names as “K-2,” “Spice,” “Genie,” “Dascents,” “Zohai,” and “Sage”.
These synthetic cannabinoids are sold online, in tobacco stores, and some convenience stores. The products are legal in Texas, but several states and many Texas municipalities have already made it illegal and more are in the process of banning them.
K2 is a blend of herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic chemical compound. When smoked it mimics the the effects of marijuana. The substance can be 3 to 100 times more potent than marijuana and create side effects that may include agitation, vomiting, hallucinations loss of consciousness, elevated blood pressure, seizures or increased heart rate. Since it is a fairly new drug, the long term side effects are unknown.
Laurie Eccleston, TSTC Instructor in the Chemical Dependency Program and one of her students, Margie Stone spoke in support of the ban. Eccleston stated that there is no chemical test for this substance and some on parole and probation are using the substance.
The problem with banning these products has been that as one product becomes illegal, the chemistry and name changes and a new product is developed to get around the laws. Chief Funderburgh believes that their ordinance will have enough bite to be effective even as the product morphs into other forms.
The board voted unanimously to approve the ordinance and after a 2nd reading of the ordinance next week, it should go into effect.