Retired pastor tries to rid streets of synthetic drugs

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Smoke shops known for selling dangerous mixes of synthetic marijuana are facing more pressure.

At a meeting Monday, Laredo Council Members continue working out a plan to require permitting smoke shops within city limits.

At the meeting, local pastor Emigdio Lugo told council members he's been working on a faith-based effort to discourage young people from using the man-made drug.

He says he's been meeting with the district attorney, the police chief and pastors to work out strategies.

He's also been talking to young people one-on-one, to try to get them to understand the risks.

Experts say some sythetic marijuana users have experienced hallucinations, confusion and agitation.

They say it can also be associated with heart attacks.