Synthetic Marijuana Ban Could Be A Possibility in Odessa 7/1/13
July 1, 2013
Protestors are hitting the streets and petitions are being signed to get synthetic drugs off store shelves.
"The protest has brought a lot of response and a lot of support from the community," said Anna Scroggins, who started the petition.
Scroggins, who is a drug councilor in the probation system went before city council last Tuesday.
Now she wants to see city and community leaders take this issue head on.
"We need to come together and brainstorm and see what's going to be the best outcome for Odessa," said Councilwoman Sandra Carrasco
So far about 900 people have signed this petition to ban synthetic drugs in Odessa. Leaders of the petition tell CBS 7 they need more people to sign it and show their support.
"You know after this council everyone's on board. We were very moved," she said.
Carrasco says she knows people affected by this street drug. She feels the council is ready to take action after the testimony at last weeks meeting.
"You know after this last council everyone's on board we were very moved," she said.
One issue with banning the synthetic drugs is chemists simply change the ingredients to get around bans. Carrasco says council is looking into zoning options that could push the sale of synthetic drugs out of the city limits.
"We are considering everything, the zoning part of it, the way it's packaged," she said.