State law criminalizes synthetic marijuana drugs

POSTED: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 4:40pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Commonly referred to as fake pot, this mix of herbs and spices coated with a synthetic chemical to get you high isn't illegal for now.

But starting in September state law criminalizes the use or possession of synthetic marijuana products known as K2 or spice.

"It's very harmful and this drug can cause, hallucinations, paranoia, irregular heart rates, and suicidal thoughts, as well as death, so we have to be very careful with these drugs," said Lisa Johnson, with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to the DEA, state and local public heath departments have warned about the effects of K2 or spice, including chest pain, heart palpitations, nausea, dizziness and confusion.

Which is why the DEA is working to make the substance illegal.

"These packages they look innocent, they're professionally done and they're in shops and stores where our children can go and they purchase these things and they're in for a big shock because these things cause major damage to our children," said Johnson.

Currently K2 is available in smoke shops, gas stations, and on the internet and is commonly marketed as herbal insence.

The owner of a local smoke shop told Fox 44 they will continue to sell it until September.

Then they'll send all K2 products back to the manufacturers when it becomes illegal.

And he said when that happens he won't be surprised if crime goes up due to the popularity of the products.

Something Anita Johnson said the Waco police are prepared for.

"Officers, you know will be looking for it, and come September 1st, it, will be illegal to possess it. And uh, officers will be seizing it and we'll evaluate each case to see if, an arrest needs to be made at some point," said Anita, with Waco Drug Enforcement.



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