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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Lubbock city officials want to expand a ban on synthetic marijuana.

The city council Thursday gave preliminary approval to a measure that identifies new chemical compounds in synthetic marijuana sold in shops as potpourri or incense or on the streets as a legal alternative to marijuana.

Mayor Pro Tem Karen Gibson says the issue needs to be revisited twice a year to add new chemicals that surface.

But the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal (http://bit.ly/1gS0Wvc ) says Mayor Glen Robertson believes the ordinance isn't effective or enforceable and that as soon as one chemical is added to a banned list, a new one pops up. And he says the ban won't stop people from buying the stuff elsewhere.

The measure faces a second vote at the council's next meeting.

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Information from: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, http://www.lubbockonline.com

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4/11/2014 6:54:17 AM (GMT -5:00)

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