K2, and K2-like substances banned in Tyler

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Layron Livingston - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Add, one more East Texas city to the list. Wednesday, the Tyler City Council voted unanimously to ban synthetic marijuana, better known as K2.

Once approved, the ordinance will prohibit "the use, purchase, possession and sale of illegal smoking products containing certain plant, plant products, or derivatives, chemical compounds applied to plants, and plant products and their derivatives or other substances, that mimic the effects produced by smoking marijuana, and ingestion devices used in connection with the illegal smoking products, providing for certain exceptions…."

The substance has been sold throughout East Texas. Police say about 20 stores in Tyler sell K2, which is marketed as incense. However, they say some people have tried smoking it, and in some cases, had to go to the emergency room.

"Obviously, we want to protect our children and protect our community...from a product we don't know what it's capable of doing," said Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle.

The fine for possessing K2 will be up to $500. Chief Swindle says the ordinance should be published by the end of the week.

Similar ordinances banning K2 are in effect in Longview and in Troup.

Copyright 2010 KLTV. All rights reserved.