HOUSTON- Synthetic marijuana, or Kush, is a serious problem in several areas of Houston.
Earlier this summer, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced plans to crack down on the dangerous and addictive drug.
Even so, the effects of Kush are still clearly visible near the METRORail station at Wheeler and Main, where dozens of homeless people congregate and leave trash behind on a daily basis.
“I’ve been here for a little while, so for me, it’s normal,” said Pablo Ngumi, a METRO rider.
“When I come here, I get on the train, get on whatever bus I’m going to go on, and go,” said Janisha Busby. “I travel with my baby so I get kind of scared coming on this end because there’s a lot going on.”
Several city, county, and non-profit organizations are working to combat Kush. The City of Houston’s efforts have included increasing police patrols in problem areas and going after Kush dealers.
But some residents in Montrose are frustrated, saying nothing has changed.
Melissa Noble created a Facebook page called “Houston KUSH City & Street Trash”. She and other neighbors post pictures with locations and dates, so elected officials can see what they’re experiencing every day.
“I hated making that page. I got an upset stomach. I had the worst headache, but I just didn’t know what else to do,” said Noble. “I just want to bring awareness to the City that the citizens are concerned. We just need some sort of an explanation.”
Noble said she sympathizes with the homeless people who clearly need help.
She hopes the Facebook page opens up a line of communication with City leaders.
“It’s available for any of the City Council people to get on that page and interact with the community and just communicate – what is being done about it? How are these people getting help?” said Noble.
Noble encourages other concerned neighbors to attend a community meeting on Sept. 20 at the Montrose Counseling Center at 7 p.m.
(© 2016 KHOU)