City Council Moves Closer To Banning K2

By Scott Sarvay
By John W. Davis

July 27, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2010 at 10:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne's City Council introduced a proposal Tuesday night to make the legal synthetic marijuana-like drug "K2" illegal to sale and use in Fort Wayne.

The substance is sold as "incense" at some businesses, but some people are smoking it to get “high”.

Both opponents and supporters of K2 were eager to share their two cents tonight.

Some people are against the ban because they say it is safer to get high using K2 than alcohol.

Meanwhile, those for the ban say K2 is a weed-like substance that is targeted at young people.

In the proposed ordinance, council would fine businesses that sell K2 $2,500 dollars.

People caught using or possessing K2 would be fined up to $1,000 dollars.

At the end of tonight's meeting, Fort Wayne City Council President Marty Bender opened up the floor for public comment.

"I get in trouble when I drink and this is like a safe alternative because when I smoke this I watch TV, I get hungry, I don't think that should be a crime," said Fort Wayne Resident Nick Giant.

"K2 has been proven to cause seizures and even at least one car accident has been the direct result of K2. As a conservative who is against marijuana because of the manner in which it inhibits one's mind, I would be a hypocrite to not be against K2 for the same reason," said Fort Wayne Resident Joe Townsend.

Meanwhile, Students Against Violence Everywhere brought the issue before city council in mid-July.

Group members told council they have held weekly protest against K2, sometimes getting the substance pulled off the shelves at local gas stations.

Meanwhile, council members are expected to discuss the ban next Tuesday.

The ordinance could become law by late August.

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