Council members listened intently to Christina Crawford’s story about her son’s SPICE seizures and spasms. They and 40 Southern Arizona and Pima County Interfaith leaders heard Jennie Ahumada and Msgr. Raul Trevizo talk about the impact of finding young women and men literally vomiting and passing out on the St. John the Evangelist grounds.
After praise for the work of both organizations by City Councilmen Steve Kozachik and Richard Fimbres, the Council voted 6-0 to create the new ordinance. Rep. Kozachik said that a similar recently passed state law HB2033 has already been modified in the Tucson ordinance to include a new chemical. Its adaptability should help keep this scourge away from our stores, families and streets.
The SAI team from St. John’s has been working on this effort for 18 months. Afterwards, team member Lorena Santos said, “Look what we can do when we work together! This is just the beginning!”