ALLEN, TEXAS—It's called K2, and it's sold as potpourri or incense. But several police agencies say it's a legal product that's actually more like marijuana than anything else.
Today, the only store in the City of Allen to sell it was shut down, just as the city begins an effort to ban K2 outright.
Jabary Mediterranean was the only known store in the City of Allen that was selling K2.
Today, it was shut down as our cameras rolled. Just before hand the store's owner spoke with us.
" We are feeling we have been singled out," Jabary Mediterranean Owner Mike Jabary.
The city says the business had a restaurant permit, but was selling more tobacco products than food, a code violation. Allen Police, however, say K2 has become a major problem among teens in the city.
" When smoked it's reported to give a high that's 20 to 30 percent more intense than marijuana," said Allen Police Sergeant John Felty.
The city council has asked its attorney to draft an ordinance to ban the sale or purchase or sale of K2 in Allen.
" We feel it's very important to be proactive, rather than reactive and address it now until the state can come in and address it at a higher level," said Allen City Council Member Robin Sedlacek.
Mike Jabary told us he stopped selling to people under 18, even though he doesn't have to. He says he supports an age restriction, but not a full on ban.
" I don't support the total ban, because the customers, they've been telling me they've been driving a long way just to come to our store to buy it," said Jabary Hookah Lounge Owner Mike Jabary.
But, parents throughout Allen today said they support what the city is doing.
" Quite frankly, I think Allen is really, really doing everyone a service if they can ban it," said Allen Resident Shannon Orr.
" I think that's very scary, something that can effect a child's mind like that; that they can get so easily and it's so readily available," said Allen Resident Cindy Porter.
Plano police say they're also going to start reviewing the need for a K2 ordinance. Allen thinks it will just be the first of many throughout DFW.
" They're having similar concerns and they want to see where this ends up," said Sgt. Fenty.
If the process goes as planned Allen's ban could go into effect as soon as September 1. And you should know Senator Florence Shapiro is driving an effort to do the same statewide.