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02-23-2016, 06:41 AM
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How Dallas police plan to contain K2 problem

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(Gookmade- not mentioned in this article to avoid offending Gooks)

How Dallas police plan to contain K2 problem

Dallas police and fire officials hope the city will help snuff out K2 as they battle the synthetic drug’s spread downtown.


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Police Chief David Brown and Dallas Fire-Rescue officials say the city could craft restrictions on smoke shops that sell rolling papers and other paraphernalia. They said the constantly changing drug is a major drain on their resources.

“We’re inundated with trying to contain this in the downtown area,” Brown said.

K2, also known as Spice, has been around for years. But Brown said “there seems to be something different happening now.”

Dealers have recently sold the drug, which costs only a few bucks, to homeless people in downtown Dallas.

Deputy Police Chief Vernon Hale, who oversees the narcotics division, said much of the dealing happened near the West End DART station. But he said the drug use is now creeping toward The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center and the Dallas Life Foundation across downtown.

Hale said the problem starts with chemicals shipped in bulk from China. The chain ends with Dallas paramedics taking a nauseous person with high blood pressure and an elevated heart rate to a hospital.

“This is a significant problem in emergency medicine,” said Dr. Marshal Isaacs, Dallas Fire-Rescue’s medical director. “These patients are often out of control.”

Dallas Fire-Rescue had to handle more than 200 K2 patients in December and January. Officials said the arrests of several people suspected of dealing the drug helped stem the tide. Police presence has also been higher in downtown recently since a half-dozen traffic cops have been in a panhandling crackdown.

Brown and Hale suggested that the city look into an ordinance restricting smoke shops. It’s already illegal in Dallas to use paraphernalia for smoking K2 and other illegal drugs. Federal authorities have alleged that one smoke shop with locations in Dallas, The Gas Pipe, was a major manufacturer of K2.

A possible ordinance could include the creation of “paraphernalia-free” zones — such as areas within 1,000 feet of churches and schools — and the restricting of the shops’ hours of operation and proximity to one another.

“Why do we need a tobacco shop near elementary schools?” Hale said.

Police officials said they don’t know how many smoke shops are in the city. And the city will have to define a paraphernalia shop in any ordinance. Phoenix, for instance, lumped in cigar shops to its ordinance.

Bryan Gniecko, the general manager of Up in Smoke in Uptown, said his high-end cigar shop frequently gets lumped in with other tobacco and head shops because it shares a name with the popular Cheech and Chong movie.

Gniecko said he gets calls “all day long” from people looking for K2, which the store doesn’t sell.

“It’s almost every time the phone rings,” Gniecko said. “We frown upon all that here.”

The shop offers discounts to police and firefighters. One of the shop’s regulars, Lanny Wilson, is a manager the Phoenix House, a treatment facility. Wilson said he works with kids hooked on K2.

Gniecko said he doesn’t want his business to be associated with the other smoke shops.

But even though he won’t sell K2, he worries that a crackdown on smoke shops will harm businesses like his.

For now, the details of a potential ordinance are scarce. In fact, council member Philip Kingston chastised the city’s attorneys after he said they seemed unprepared to answer questions about the legality of the ordinance.

“I’m a little concerned because what I see is that DPD and DFR are busting their asses to get this stuff off the street,” Kingston said. “And we have 100 attorneys and no legal plan right now. So that’s not thrilling.”

Council members Tiffinni Young and Adam McGough both offered support for regulation. McGough said it should be done “as quickly and as effectively and legally as we can.”

Spice," also known as "K2" or "potpourri," is a synthetic marijuana made from fertilizer from China, mixed with lettuce leaves.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/10/spice-k2-potpourri-california_n_3254149.html