Hobbs, NM, Considers Banning Synthetic Marijuana

Staff Report
The Associated Press

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Hobbs city commissioners could consider a ban on synthetic marijuana next month.

Hobbs Police Department school resource officer George Montes says he started noticing students coming to school stoned on an unusual substance late last year. Incidents have picked up this year.

The substance goes by such names as Spice or K2 and is sold as herbal botanical incense.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says it's a mixture of herbs and spices typically sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Montes says students are smoking the incense.

An ordinance to ban the substance could come before commissioners as early as March 7.

City attorney Mike Stone says he's researching ordinances from other cities that already have banned the incense.