After hearing from citizens whose lives have been devastated by the sale of synthetic marijuana in local smoke shops, I am very concerned that this issue be addressed promptly. Today, I have contacted the City Attorneys Office and asked that it begin researching how, and to what extent, the City of Lubbock can ban the sale of synthetic marijuana.
I am also calling on the City Council to include in its legislative priorities for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature an effective statewide ban of synthetic marijuana. The Texas Legislature must address this issue to more effectively ban these dangerous substances. Hypnotic substances like synthetic marijuana should not be available to children or anyone else in local smoke shops.
The widespread availability of synthetic marijuana in Lubbock at local smoke shops is troubling, and I would like to see these local businesses exercise their civic responsibility and voluntarily remove hypnotic substances from their shelves. In the meantime, I am exploring what legal options the City has to ban the sale of these substances.