A Rogers County woman is fighting for more regulation over K2 -- or synthetic marijuana -- after she says she’s seen her family member and too many friends fall victim to the drug that they’re buying in their own backyard.
Marita Hoover stood outside in the heat next to the highway to raise awareness about a drug she says is too easy for people to get ahold of.
For Marita Hoover and her friend, each honk meant another person read their signs.
“Somebody needs to step up,” Hoover said.
She’s raising awareness about synthetic marijuana--- known as k2 or spice---- that causes an intense high when smoked… and can be deadly.
Hoover said she found her younger brother high on K2 last week.
“He was completely not himself. He was not who all of us know and love,” she said. “We couldn’t even understand what he was saying.”
Hoover said he and others buy it from convenience stores in the county. She wants law enforcement agencies to put a stop to it.
“It’s not just for my family, it’s for my community’s family,” Hoover said.
FOX23 went to Catoosa police with Hoover’s concerns. They told us they’re aware of the allegations and are investigating. But police say the fight against synthetic pot is not an easy one.
Manufacturers make new recipes to get around the law.
“It just makes a loop hole for them to get out and about, get around the loop hole and continue selling it to our youth, to our loved ones, to our friends and family,” Hoover said.
In 2011, FOX23 gave you an inside look at a county-wide sweep that netted boxes of K2 from seven convenience stores in Rogers County that were selling it behind their counters. Then, earlier this year a Foyil convenience store was busted.
As for Hoover, she said she’s not stopping anytime soon.
“Any free time I’ll probably be right here with my signs,” she said.
Hoover said she’s taking her concerns to state legislators too.