Council agrees to ban synthetic cannabis ?K2?

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Council agreed Tuesday night to get synthetic drugs like K2 and Bath Salts off of store shelves.

A woman who smoked K2 at a party says it's a decision she regrets. Etta Cash says she thought she was dying at a karaoke party after smoking what she thought was a simple cigarette. But it was not a cigarette; it was laced with K2 spice. "Within about twenty minutes, I felt dizzy; I saw things moving that weren't moving. I saw people sitting in chairs moving," said Etta. Etta says the strange feeling made her vomit, on and off for four hours. "It really scared me. It really scared me," Etta added.

What may be even more disturbing is that the synthetic drug is available at convenience stores and sold as incense. Anti-drug experts say K2 isn't the only "hot" synthetic drug on the market. For example "Bath Salts" is not for your bath water, it's a dangerous tiny white flaky substance, you can smoke, snort or inject and anyone over the age of 18 can purchase it over the counter. "Kids are getting it real easy," said Etta. "I have a 17 year old son.

He's got friends that are 21. They can go buy it. They can give it to him. What do you think is happening to fourteen, fifteen year olds who have got 18 year old friends?" These synthetic drugs were enough to grab the attention of Columbia city leaders.

On Tuesday, city council voted unanimously to ban both drugs from store shelves. It was only a the 1st reading, but a first step council members say must be done.

Etta says she think it's a good thing that council banned it. In two weeks city council will make a final vote and county leaders are forming a similar ordinance where violators could face a fine of $500 dollars.

Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott says if it's approved, he will send out letters warning all retailers and perform random checks. Copyright 2011 WIS. All rights reserved.

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