Fort Wayne, AllenCounty, New Haven, Ligonier and Kendallville have all banned K2. Now add the City of Huntington to the list.
"We’re trying to be proactive here and we're trying to stay ahead of a problem that might be created and cause some sort of effect on kids and minors” says Huntington Mayor Steve Updike.
With a 5-to-2-vote the Huntington City Council banned K2 this morning.
The sale will be illegal but not the use.
"We've had a couple of reports where people when asked where they were from said they were from Fort Wayne or Allen County and that they were coming down here and buying multiple packs of it and then going back there” says Updike.
Today FOX Fort Wayne found one Huntington tobacco shop still selling K2. The ban hasn't gone in effect yet, but Updike offers a fair warning to all who still have it in stock.
"You need to get it off your shelves because we're not going to tolerate it” says Updike.
Updike says Huntington and other local governments have done their part. Now it's time for state legislature to do theirs.
"I think the surrounding counties here would all echo the same words which are 'we're tired of it”’ he says.
The legislature won't meet until January, but when 2011 rolls around, Updike hopes that the state will rally behind a K2 ban.
"The ball is in your court come January 1st. Do something about it” says Updike.
Updike also says the ban will likely go into effect at the beginning of next week. He says the city will first work with store owners, to get the word out about the ban, but is confident that it's only a matter of days before K2 is off the shelves in the City of Huntington.