Columbia City Council bans bath salts, “K2” - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Columbia City Council bans bath salts, “K2”

Posted: Updated:

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia city leaders have banned two synthetic drugs, bath salts and K2. The ban goes into effect immediately, meaning no one in the city can possess or sell the two drugs.

"We wanted to be very proactive and make sure our community is one that is safe for our young people and we wanted to go ahead and address this now," said Councilwoman Belinda Gergel.

A woman who smoked K2 at a party says it's a decision she regrets.

Etta Cash says she thought she was dying at a karaoke party after smoking what she thought was a simple cigarette. But it was not a cigarette -- it was laced with K2 spice. 

"Within about twenty minutes, I felt dizzy; I saw things moving that weren't moving. I saw people sitting in chairs moving," said Etta.

Etta says the strange feeling made her vomit, on and off for four hours. "It really scared me. It really scared me," Etta added.

What may be even more disturbing is that the synthetic drug is available at convenience stores and sold as incense.

Anti-drug experts say K2 isn't the only "hot" synthetic drug on the market. For example "Bath Salts" is not for your bath water, it's a dangerous tiny white flaky substance, you can smoke, snort or inject and anyone over the age of 18 can purchase it over the counter.

"Kids are getting it real easy," said Etta. "I have a 17 year old son. He's got friends that are 21. They can go buy it. They can give it to him. What do you think is happening to fourteen, fifteen year olds who have got 18 year old friends?"

Etta says she think it's a good thing that council banned it.

Scott Biddle says he's never tried bath salts or K2, but he thinks banning the two drugs from store shelves is ridiculous. "You can buy cigarettes, you can buy alcohol," he said. "They're destructive. We have plenty of people dying from that."

Vanessa Snyder doesn't agree with the ban either. "I think businesses have a choice to decide what they want to sell," he said.

Violators could face a $1,000 fine or 30 days in jail. "I don't think that this deserves jail time," said Bryan Taylor.

"It's an intrusion," added Biddle. "If I want to go buy K2 right now, I should be able to buy K2 right now."

Copyright 2011 WIS. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow