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Royse City bans sale of K-2 synthetic marijuana

By J.J. Smith. The Royse City City Council voted 5-0 at their Nov. 9 meeting to ban the sale of the synthetic marijuana substitute called K-2, plus any other “illegal smoking product” in Royse City. Two council members were absent.

Royse City joins Fate, Rockwall and several other cities across the DFW Metroplex in banning the sale of K-2, which is a synthetic mixture of dried herbs – similar to potpourri – sprayed with a chemical compound. When smoked, it is said to produce effects similar to marijuana.

Marketed as “Spice” and “Mr. Smiley,” it is packaged and sold to look like incense for about $30 per gram – the size of a Sweet “N Low package – but is not yet controlled by the federal or state government.

It may have already caused a young man’s death in Dallas, according to recent news reports.

“These products have an intoxicating effect greater than THC, the active ingredient in marijuana,” said City Manager Bill Shipp.

“The City Council determined that prohibiting the sale of such products was a necessary step in the best interest of protecting the public health, safety and welfare of our citizens.”

The new ordinance now makes it “unlawful for any person to sell, attempt to sell, or offer for sale any illegal smoking product” in Royse City.

Shipp said that the ordinance was written with enough leeway to cover substances which will be made illegal to smoke in the future, as well, noting a clause covering “any other illegal smoking substance.”

City Attorney Jason Day told Council members in a meeting last week that he expects the state legislature to ban the sale of K-2 and other illegal smoking products in their upcoming 2011 session.

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