The Lubbock City Council voted unanimously in favor of the city-wide synthetic drug ban Thursday night. This was the second and final vote and was the culmination of a battle that began months ago.
Three council members wrote the ordinance that was originally aimed to be an all encompassing ban on the designer drugs. Before the vote, the council removed the section that discussed a ban on a handful of specific chemicals. Therefore, it isn't an all encompassing ban anymore.
Gina Johnson, the Lubbock mother who began the fight, says the battle isn't over. She plans to keep amending the ordinance to keep any future chemicals that may be added illegal. Johnson also believes education will be key to keeping Lubbock safe from the dangers of synthetic drugs.
The ban will go into effect in 30 days and at that time it will be considered a Class C Misdemeanor to sell, distribute, purchase or use synthetic drugs in Lubbock.
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