Ector County Faces Catch 22 With New Synthetic Drug Ordinance in Odessa 9/16/13
September 16th, 2013
Now that Odessa has banned synthetic drugs in their city limits, people are concerned that businesses that sell these drugs will move into Ector County.
“They need to be banned, not just here but all counties,” said Gloria Arriga, an Ector County resident.
She and other residents in Ector County say they are concerned now that Odessa has banned synthetic drugs, they fear smoke shops and other businesses selling synthetic drugs will move into the county.
“We see it all the time. Instead of getting better it’s getting worse and if they move it out to the county, then everybody’s going to know were to get it. They will keep coming,” said Mandy Kirby, an Ector County Resident.
While the state does ban some fake drugs, under the constitution, counties don’t have the ability to create ordinances. So the county’s hands are tied.
“So it does put us at risk and unfortunately while it will help the problem in the city of Odessa, I’m afraid it’s going to worsen the problem for Ector County,” said Ector County Judge Susan Redford.
She says they are working with the county attorney to combat the problem.
“They created a task force that’s going out and focusing on education and also focusing on enforcement,” she said.
Redford says she is going to encourage legislators in Austin to allow Ector County and other counties to create their own synthetic drug ordinances.