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Lubbock City Council Could Request Board of Health to Research Synthetic Marijuana, Bath Salts

Cole Shooter,

The Lubbock City Council will consider a resolution next week regarding synthetic marijuana being sold in the Hub City.

At their meeting on Thursday, December 6th, the Council will consider the resolution which would direct the Lubbock Board of Health to study the availability, sale, recreational use, hazards, and the possible criminalization of synthetic “psychoactive designer drugs.”

The substances specifically outlined in the resolution are synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

The resolution comes after a number of citizens spoke in favor of a ban on synthetic marijuana at the Council’s November 29th meeting.

The resolution states that the Board of Health would report their findings to the City Council.

The Council will also consider an item which would involve paying a consultant out of Dallas for master planning services for the City’s library department.

The City Council’s backup agenda says that the master plan will “enable the Lubbock Public Library to respond appropriately and effectively to societal change, technological and telecommunications developments, emerging role expectations, aging facilities, and other transformations, while also maintaining and improving services.”

The agenda item, offered by District 1 Councilman Victor Hernandez, would pay Dewberry Architects a maximum contract amount of $73,040 and $7,700 in travel expenses for the final plan recommendations.

The agenda states that the plan could be used as a guide for the City Council and administration for a 10 to 20-year vision and plan of service.

The funding for the project would be moved out of the General Fund fund balance.

This item comes after the Council chose to terminate a contract for the purchase of a new building in the 3800 block of 50th Street to serve as a new building for the Godeke Library, which is currently housed in a shopping center at 6707 Slide Road. The Council voted to terminate the contract Thursday evening 6-1, Mayor Glen Robertson dissenting.

The meeting will take place at 6:15 Thursday evening at City Hall.

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