Indiana city bans sale and possession of drug-like substance

Charlie Hughes
Charlie Hughes
Mayor Dan Terrell
Mayor Dan Terrell

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

MITCHELL, IN (WAVE) - A marijuana-like substance has been banned from a city in Indiana. On Nov. 4, the Mitchell City Council unanimously voted to ban K2, also known as Spice, which is a mixture of herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound.

Mayor Dan Terrell said they have been thinking about creating an ordinance to ban K2 for several months. According to Terrell, people who live in the area heard about the possibility of having an ordinance and voiced their support for it. Terrell said that is why he they decided to have a special meeting to vote on the issue.

"It's the right thing to do for this town. See, {teenagers} don't know the lasting effects. It's kinda unbelievable we didn't get at it sooner," said Terrell.

A person who has pushed the council to ban the substance is 16-year-old Charlie Hughes, a junior at Mitchell High School. Hughes said he has seen many people his age smoking K2.

"I've seen it ruin people's lives and one of my best friends. It basically ruined his life," Hughes recollected. "I'm just trying to warn everybody {that} eventually something bad is going to happen," said Hughes, who also said he has seen how K2 changes people after they have inhaled it.

"It kinda makes them bipolar. One second they'll be up and the next second they'll be down and they'll be hyper one second and then be depressed," Hughes said. "I grew up in this town and I live this town and when I see something wrong with it, I try to stand up and do what's right."

After the vote the only two stores in Mitchell that sell K2 are now banned from selling it. Those stores, and any store from now on, can be fined $250 a day if they are found in violation. The ordinance also states if a person is caught with K2 in Mitchell, they can be fined $250 a day as well.

Besides K2 and Spice, the ordinance bans any herbal-based substance under the name of Voodoo, Solitude, Pulse, Fire "N" Ice, Fire Bird, Cherry Charm, Buzz, Black Magic, Baked, Afghan Incense, Shokotsu, Spice Gold, Serenity Now, and Acapulco Spices. But Hughes has already heard teenagers say they will drive to the closest town to buy K2.

"If they can't buy it here that is all that's all that matters. Hopefully, all the little towns around us will realize this stuff isn't any good," he said.

At least three Indiana state lawmakers have said they will propose a bill in January to ban it. K2 is already illegal in several states, including Kentucky.

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