Lawmakers push ban on synthetic marijuana

POSTED: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:32pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

TEXAS -- While marijuana smokers celebrated 420 Wednesday, Waco Rep. Doc Anderson celebrated the House's passage of his bill to ban the legal synthetic marijuana called salvia.

Also, The Department of State Health Services has announced they'll be outlawing marijuana-like substances like K2 starting Friday.

K2 and salvia are sold as incense, but a Waco smoke-shop employee tells Fox 44 people aren't using it as an air freshener. They're smoking it.

 "Some do talk about it and make comments that it has the same effects as marijuana," said Smoke and More's Barbara Rubalcaba.

Drug Enforcement Special Agent Steve Robertson says the chemicals used to make the so-called "fake pot" are dangerous hallucinogens.

"We've heard about people going to emergency rooms, college students overdosing on it, getting very sick, sometimes dying, using it in combination with other things such as alcohol and other harder drugs. This stuff is bad," says Special Agent Robertson.

You can find the drug in almost any smoke shop, but lawmakers are hoping that'll change, causing a stir among businesses.

Packets of the drug can sell for up to $30, counting for a good portion of sales at Smoke and More. Rubalcaba says in this economy, every little bit helps.

"It's not that we condone selling a drug type incense," says Rublacaba. "It's just that that does help boost sales because there is a high profit margin."

One person buying it while we were in the store says people take it because it doesn't show up on drug tests.

However, starting Friday, the ban from the Department of State Health Services kicks in, banning K2.

Then, once approved by the Texas Senate, salvia will be banned as well.

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