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Senate passes synthetic marijuana ban
AUSTIN — The Senate this week passed Senate Bill 331, which will make it illegal to sell or posses synthetic marijuana. Synthetic marijuana, which is usually sold under the name K2 and referred to as Spice or Genie, is marketed as incense but has been sprayed with a chemical that mimics the effect of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
K2's potential side effects can include hallucinations, seizures and even cardiac infarction, which make it more dangerous than marijuana. But thanks to my colleagues who joined me in supporting the bill, parents can rest assured that their children no longer have legal access to this drug and those caught with it will be punished.
Many Texans will be surprised to learn that a product like K2 could legally be sold at gas stations, smoke shops and online. I am confident that this bill, authored by Sen. Florence Shapiro, R - Plano, will put an end to the rapid increase in synthetic marijuana use and make our communities safer.
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