New Haven Bans K2

By John W. Davis
By Eric Dutkiewicz

August 24, 2010 Updated Aug 25, 2010 at 6:32 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - New Haven City Council unanimously approved Tuesday night the ban of K2, a marijuana-like substance used to get high, in the city.

"Sometimes we take too much time to mull those things over," Sherri Berghoff, chairperson of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, said. "And I'm excited that New Haven's taking that first step."

The new ordinance would prohibit the sale, purchase and possession of the synthetic drug. K2 is a cannabinoid also referred to as "Spice."

City council members cited potential health risks, including bleeding from the brain, as a reason for banning K2.

Some council members admit that a citywide ban could conflict with possible future state laws; and enforcement of the ordinance could be difficult, because the substance is difficult to detect.

"I'm hopeful that the surrounding counties and things will step up to the plate now; the state will step up to the plate now, and address this as a real issue and a real concern for our state," Berghoff said.

New Haven's city budget was also introduced Tuesday night.

One big change: New Haven residents could see their water bills increase by as much as 37%.

Another proposal introduced was to establish a fire territory, which could even out the amount some residents pay for fire protection services.

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