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Colmesneil Council votes to ban sale of K2 in city

Tyler County Booster

Colmesneil city council voted Tuesday night, March 15 to ban the sale or delivery of any substance containing synthetic cannabinoids or salva dininorum, commonly known as K2 and marketed as synthetic marijuana. It is actually herbs sprayed with chemicals. Citing medical professionals and law enforcement officials, the council believes product is potentially dangerous to the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens, particularly the youth in the city of Colmesneil. The ban specifically states any substance, however marketed, which can reasonably be converted for smoking purposes whether it is presented as incense, tobacco, herbs, spices or any blend thereof if it includes: Salvia divinorum or salvinorin A - all parts of the plant, homologues, dexanabinol, JWH-018, JWH-073 and JWH-081. A federal ban was placed on K2 on December 24, 2010 for one year, making it a controlled 1 substance. That is the same as cocaine and could mean jail time for users. Drivers under the influence of this drug can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The reason the government placed the ban on the product was to allow time to examine the side effects and possibly make it a permanent move. Users have been having hallucinations, severe agitation, elevated heart rates, vomiting and even seizures. According to mayor Don Baird, the city of Colmesneil plans to add bath salts to this ban next month. “Bath salts” – products labeled “Cloud 9,” “Ivory Cloud,” or “Ivory Wave” contain compounds such as mephedrone or a MDMA analog, 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV). These compounds are not synthetic cannabinoids but rather CNS stimulants that may be perceived similarly to amphetamine. Mephedrone is not expressly illegal in the United States but the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) notes on its information page that its similarity to methcathinone, a Schedule I compound, renders it illegal under the analogue provision of the Controlled Substances Act. The city also banned the sale, gift or delivery of the following smoking material paraphernalia: A metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic pipe with or without a screen, permanent screen, hashish head or punctured metal bowl; a water pipe; a carburetion tube or device; a smoking or carburetion mask; a chamber pipe; a carburetor pipe; an electric pipe; an air-driven pipe, a chillum; a bong; or an ice pipe or chiller. This ban will not apply to persons with a prescription from a licensed physician or dentist within the state of Texas. It will also not apply to persons who can provide provide proper documentation that the use of such materials is part of a religious undertaking or activity of religious denomination in which they have long standing historic membership supported by documentation from clergy or spiritual leader recognized by the state of Texas. Any person, entity or firm violating any of the provisions of the new ordinance will be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction can be fined up to $2000. According to Mayor Baird, the city ordinance will be enforced by Constable Pct. 2 Wade Skinner and the fines determined by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Milton Powers. Other cities in Texas have chosen to ban K2 after the federal ban went into effect. A state law, if passed, would take affect in September at the earliest, and the DEA ban doesn’t account for new designer cannabinoid spinoffs.

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