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Mayor Pro Tem Karen Gibson Says Synthetic Marijuana Ban Is A “First Step” [AUDIO]

Ariel Walden,

On Friday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News, Mayor Pro Tem Karen Gibson talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about the latest coming out of last night’s city council meeting.

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One of the major accomplishments of last night’s meeting was the approval of the first reading of an ordinance banning synthetic marijuana. The ordnance would make it unlawful to posses, sell, of use illicit synthetic drugs, commonly referred to “spice” or “potpourri.” Although Gibson is pleased about the progress of the ordinance, she said that this was just the first step.

“This [ordinance] is going to be an ongoing thing, we know that. We’re going to have to revisit it, we understand that. But it’s a step…I just think there’s a lot more we can do.”

The second reading of the ordinance will take place at the next city council meeting on February 14th. If the final ordinance is passed, it would go into effect 30 days after approval.

Another issue brought up at last night’s meeting was fracking in North Lubbock. Gibson clarified that the fracking will not take place for at least a couple of months, as the fracking company still need to acquire a number of various permits. Gibson also addressed a rumor brought up during citizen comments about Imagine Lubbock being somehow connected to the United Nations’ Agenda 21. She insisted that there was absolutely no connection between the two.

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