What began as a discussion among the Dublin City Council in July became an ordinance Monday night.

The council was first presented with the proposal of an ordinance regulating the sale of K-2, often referred to as "legal marijuana," within the city last month from the police department.

"Young people are buying this product and using it for purposes that it was not intended for," Police Chief Lannie Lee told the council in July.

Lee said the product, which is being sold for a "fairly significant amount of money" in a local convenience store, is being smoked.

"It is considered to be an unsafe product for young people to be smoking," Lee said. "The dangerous thing about this product is it is considered to be anywhere from two to three hundred times greater than the high from marijuana."

At the end of the July meeting, the council unanimously approved a motion to allow city staff to pursue an ordinance prohibiting the sale of K-2 to minors in Dublin.

The ordinance was presented to council Monday.

"You have been provided a copy of the ordinance, which was looked over and approved by the city's attorney," City Manager Jerry Guillory said.

Guillory said cities across the state have been approaching the prohibition of K-2 in two ways - banning the sale of the substance to minors and banning the sale of it in the city limits. The latter approach, however, was recently dismissed by the attorney general.

"The attorney general recently said banning (K-2) in city limits is not under (a city's) authority," Guillory said.

Guillory said the issue is expected to be discussed in the next legislative session.

"The ordinance you have (for Dublin) says 'under 21' and the sale of paraphernalia," Guillory said.

If violated, the ordinance carries a fine of up to $2,000.

The council unanimously approved the ordinance.