K2 Protesters: We have to do something about it

Many parents brought along their children to join the hour-long protest, each one holding a sign that warns others the dangers of synthetic drugs.

Protest after protest and Impact Futures doesn't plan on backing down anytime soon from shutting down any head shop selling K2.

Commonly known as a synthetic cannabis, K2 broke out in the early 2000s. LaViza Matthews with Impact Futures said with her protests, the group has shut down nearly 10 head shops selling these types of drugs, but shortly after more begin to pop-back up.

Impact Futures' latest target The Wild Side, located at 3612 SW Sixth St., in one LaViza claims to be selling the K2.

"We sent someone in just two days ago, one of our people and they didn't know," Matthews said.

But although head shops continue to pop-up around town, there's one thing giving the group hope and that's the attention of elected officials.

"It's incredible, finally the people in our city are becoming aware enough that they know how bad it is," Matthews said.

Mayor Paul Harpole participated in the hour-long protest, holding up signs and talking with all of the teenagers. According to Matthews, protests are only the beginning because the people selling these drugs seem to always be one step ahead, and city ordinances one step behind.

"These people are devious," Harpole said. "Whenever there's a law put in by the state of the federal government to make a certain substance illegal, they (sellers) change one minor chemical, and then they're able to operate again."

Harpole said he believes one of the biggest things making an impact is Impact Futures, getting the attention of city officials and law enforcement one protest at a time.