An anonymous complaint of a strong and noxious odor at an East Fort Worth business named Herbal Incense and Tobacco Products led authorities to a K-2 manufacturing or packaging facility.
K-2 is often called synthetic marijuana. The substance is labeled as not for human consumption, but is incense sprayed with a synthetic form of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, which triggers a high within the user.
It's still legal in Fort Worth, and police said no narcotics laws were broken. But the fire department shut down the business because it did not have a certificate of occupancy, and the walls and wiring were not completed.
The noxious odor was apparent inside the building. The business owner, Sonny Saleem, said he has operated for about a month near the intersection of North Beach and East First Streets and didn't realize he needed a certificate of occupancy.
He said he moved here from Dallas, which is one of many North Texas cities that have either restricted the sale of K-2, or passed an outright ban.
He previously relocated to Dallas from Missouri after that state banned the substance.
Fort Worth Police spokesman Sgt. Chad Mahaffey said the city is researching its own K-2 ordinance.
"We're looking at various legislative options that have been used and could be used," he said. "The most important aspect of this, we're working with our city leaders."
Saleem said he will move his business and 70 employees to a new location. There is no word as to if the city will draft an ordinance restricting or banning the use of K-2. State lawmakers are also considering legislation.
September 20, 2010
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