A recovering addict says synthetic marijuana is still being sold all across Lubbock, despite the ban the Lubbock City Council passed last March.
19-year old Steven Johnson is the son of Gina Johnson, the Lubbock mother who spearheaded the ban to protect her son.
Steven describes a life consumed by addiction.
"If I wouldn't have gone into rehab, I would have been dead within a week," Steven said.
Steven tells us it's been 52 days since he smoked synthetic marijuana.
"I said I need to go to rehab. I don't want to, but I need to," Steven said.
Before his breaking point on July 7, Steven had battled with the designer drug for nearly two years.
"The addiction was so powerful over me, I didn't really care. I wanted my fix and it ended up being I didn't care who I hurt or what I did," Steven said.
Thousands of dollars went toward an addiction Steven says consumed his every move.
"I smoked every day. Every day all day. Smoked up to 20 grams a day. I started hallucinating real bad. I started seeing things and hearing things that weren't there," Steven said.
Now that he's a recovering addict, Steven says it infuriates him to see synthetic drugs still on shelves across Lubbock.
"They're still selling it. They know who they are and they're doing it for the profit. They don't care who they hurt," Steven said.
"They are basically drug dealers with a business license," Gina said.
Gina was disappointed with what she describes as a partial ban passed by the city council. She believes it would require an all-encompassing ban to stop the shops.
"The arrogance of the shops just drives me nuts. They're again putting profit ahead of lives," Gina said.
Lives just like her son's, which nearly ended too soon.
"Someone was looking out for me, I know that. This just means I have something to do," Steven said.
Lubbock police tell us they are aware of smoke shops that are still selling synthetic marijuana, but they say it's almost impossible to enforce the ban because the ingredients are always changing.
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