SLPD Prepares to Enforce New Synthetic Marijuana Law
Sugar Land, Texas – Sugar Land police will begin enforcing a new law prohibiting the sale and use of synthetic marijuana on Sept. 1.
Local businesses have already been contacted, and crime prevention officers are working to educate the community on the consequences of the new law.
Senate Bill 331 adds synthetic cannabinoids – such as K2 and Spice – to Penalty Group 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
Substances such as K2 are mixtures of herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound that is chemically similar to TCH, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. They are oftentimes packaged and sold as incense at local stores and abused because they mimic the high of marijuana.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reports approximately 600 calls since January 2010 were made to the Texas Poison Center Network related to K2 exposure. Reported adverse effects associated with use of these marijuana-like substances include chest pain, heart palpitations, agitation, drowsiness, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and confusion. Action has been taken at every level of government in response to this public health and safety hazard.
Possessing the substances can result in charges ranging from Class B misdemeanors to state jail felonies.