Your response to my endorsement of an emergency ban on synthetic marijuana has been overwhelming and enlightening.
Here are some highlights of the feedback:
"This...needs to be banned everywhere. It is dangerous...and any place that sells it should be held responsible. People will do anything to make a dollar no matter what, and that is why...(it) is still available."
"I have a brother that is smoking this. (He) has been arrested two times in the last three to four weeks for public intoxication due to this legal weed. He was caught driving down the wrong side of the road one time….Oh and get this, after going to jail and to the ER they gave my brother (back) his legal weed...I'm telling you right now if something isn't done...my brother will end up killing someone in a car accident or killing himself."
This next e-mail comes from the principal of an area middle school. It says:
"I appreciate your coverage on this serious issue. I am afraid this is a bigger problem among teenagers than any of us currently realize. I visited a couple of smoke shops….I was shocked at what they are selling in these stores. One shop had a whole section of bongs and pipes available for purchase. It seems to me that we have a legal drug dealing operation right here in our city….I feel strongly that we need to stop this at the local level, but also address it at a state level...I plan to work with…ISD administration and approach our city leaders in an effort to ban this product in our city. I hope Lubbock's City Council will do the same."
This one is from a adolescent counselor in Lubbock. It says:
"(I) have seen first hand the increased rate of this drug as well as its negative impact on youth. There needs to be an emergency ban due to increasing damage and the risk of serious, if not, deadly injuries… I would rather be out of a job, than to see more kids hurt or worse. Please help stop the availability of this drug to youth as well as adults."
Thank you all for writing. If those comments don't convince city leaders to do something, nothing will. This conversation, for me at least, is not over until we see some action.
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