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Lubbock woman gets national support in her fight to ban synthetic pot

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One Lubbock woman is on a mission to stop the sales of synthetic marijuana in the area. Now, a national organization is doing whatever it can to help her fight. Gina Johnson is planning to ask the City Council to ban synthetic marijuana at Thursday's meeting.

"I was really amazed. I started getting Facebook requests from people that I had no clue who they were," Gina Johnson said.

One of those was from Lance Dyer. He is the founder of the Dakota Dyer Foundation. The organization, which is based out of Bremen, Georgia, is named after Lance's son, a 14-year-old who died after using synthetic marijuana for the first time.

"March of this year, we lost our son Dakota Dyer to a one time use of synthetic marijuana. He went into a psychotic break and took a hand gun and took his own life," Dyer said.

"It was horrible. I was so heartbroken for him and his family to have lost his son like that," Johnson said.

Dyer saw KCBD's story online and reached out to Johnson and was happy to help out the cause. 

"I have gotten so much more information than I ever dreamed possible and advice from people that have done what I'm trying to do," Johnson said.

Johnson's passion doesn't come from just anywhere though. Her 18-year old son is a user himself.

"I don't want other parents to go through what I've gone through with my son. I don't want other kids to go through it"

Dyer told Johnson about the way they've managed to ban synthetic marijuana in their own city and in cities in 26 states across the US.

"Ask your mayor and your city council to use their powers, to enact an emergency executive ban," Dyer said.

Dyer hopes Lubbock City Council members will ban the designer drug before it's too late.

"To the mayor and the city council, do not ever let a parent come in front of you, like I had to go in front of mine after it was too late," Dyer said.

Regardless of Thursday's outcome, Johnson has no plans of giving up and the Dakota Dyer Foundation will be behind her every step of the way.

"This is something that I'm very passionate about and I want to happen. And if it can be banned Thursday night, then great. If not, I will keep working till I get it banned".

Mayor Glen Robertson told KCBD, that although they do have the powers to execute immediate bans, he believes the council will want to do more research on the issue before a decision is made.

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