Fort Wayne City Council Bans K2

By John W. Davis

August 24, 2010 Updated Aug 25, 2010 at 6:19 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to ban synthetic cannabinoids, known on the street as "Spice" or "K2".

"This gives a tool to tell the convenience stores pull it off the shelves, pull it out of the gas stations. With that I think the young people that we've talked about are gonna have less availability," said Fort Wayne Councilman Mitch Harper.

Harper elaborated on how the ban will be enforced during a live interivew on Indiana's NewsCenter Today.

K2 is marketed and sold as incense but is smoked to get a marijuana-like high.

However, one last ditch effort was made to regulate K2 at Tuesday's meeting.

Councilwoman Karen Goldner proposed an amendment to regulate K2 sales and usage.

Goldner argued a total ban would create a black market, moving sales from convenience stores and smoke shops, to the streets of Fort Wayne.

"I think an age regulation type of approach makes more sense in accomplishing my goal which was to reduce the access and the danger of the substance to kids," said Fort Wayne Councilwoman Karen Goldner.

Goldner's suggestion would have limited the ban by making it illegal for people under the age of 21 to buy or use K2.

Goldner's amendment was voted down 7-2.

Goldner along with Councilman Tim Pape who supported Goldner's amendment, eventually voted in support of the ban.

Meanwhile, the new law class for anyone caught selling or using K2 to be fined up to $2,500 dollars.

No one will face any jail time.

The ban will not go into effect until Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry signs off on the ordinance.

Once he signs it, selling and using K2 will be illegal in Fort Wayne until July 1, 2011 when the ban expires.

City leaders hope that gives state leaders enough time to craft a state-wide ban, which would then go into effect on July 1, 2011.

Meanwhile, a proposed city ethics bill was put on hold again.

It will be discussed again on Tuesday, September 14.

Also, Fort Wayne's garbage and recycling contract was introduced at Tuesday's meeting.

The Fort Wayne Board of Public Works made a recommendation to Fort Wayne City Council that National Serv-All be awarded both the garbage and recycling contracts.

The ordinance will be up for discussion on Tuesday, September 7.

A final vote could be taken on Tuesday, September 14.




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