Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – A local school district is warning parents about a new herb that is legal to buy and apparently has the same effects as marijuana. Lubbock-Cooper is talking about spice also known as space, spike or k-2.
The district emailed parents and left voicemail's giving them a heads up about the growing popularity of the substance.
"We've heard rumors about it," said Lubbock-Cooper High School Principal Angie Inklebarger who started looking into what she was hearing. What she found concerned her. "It's marketed as incense and when it is smoked it has a similar high to marijuana."
"It's scary to know there is another thing to worry about and it is so easy to purchase. As a parent I'm in my kid's life and their business," said LCISD parent Karen McLarty.
Local police say there is not much they can do about it since it is legal for someone to walk into a head shop and purchase it and the businesses are not breaking any laws. It is a synthetic herb officers say with the main psycho active substance that is found in marijuana. Several municipalities near Dallas have banned the substance. Some states like Kansas, Missouri and Alabama have banned K-2 all together. It's reported potency is ten times that of marijuana and many medical professionals say it can increase your heart rate.
The district says student safety is the primary concern and that it will add spice as something it looks for during random drug tests for students involved in school sponsored activities.
"It's in front of the law and there is not much information out on it but our drug testing facility tells us it is something that can be tested for specifically," said Inklebarger.
The LCISD board will meet to approve changing the student code of conduct to include testing for spice in its random drug tests.
LCISD will post information about the substances on the district and campus Web sites.
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