Synthetic Drug Ordinance To Target Businesses 7/26/13
July 26, 2013
Texas already has laws banning certain synthetic drugs, but many smoke shops continue to sell them in the form of potpourri.
"The food and drug administration has come out and said that really that is just a rouse," said Larry Long, the Odessa City Attorney.
Long tells CBS 7 the new ordnance would ban certain ingredients, require the packages to list ingredients and set up zoning restriction for the smoke shops, that remain popular.
"This is a different situation than we face with other drugs. The other drugs are illegal theyíre known to be illegal, they're not sold in stores," he said.
Many activists say the drugs get in the hands of youth, but every smoke shop we talked to said they ID everyone who buys from them, and operate within the law.
"Everyone who buys something gets identified. Iíve had people get mad at me," said Justin Bass, a store clerk at Cloud 9 in Odessa.
Some shops also say their business wouldnít be affected by any upcoming ordinance.
"Well honestly though, we have all this other stuff you know. We canít just rely on one thing, thatís why we sell other things. This is not a smoke shop, this is a grocery store first," said Desmond Green, a story clerk at Odessa Grocery.