By LeaAnne Klentzman
Sugar Land police have announced that they are prepared to begin enforcing the synthetic cannabinoids law which has been added to the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
In short, no longer can one purchase knock off weed and get away with it.
Senate Bill (SB) 331 will go into affect and begin being enforced on September 1, 2011. SB 331 added synthetic cannabinoids – such as K2 and Spice – to Penalty Group 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act said Sugar Land police spokesperson Doug Adolph. He went on to explain that substances like 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, said Adolph.
Since January of 2010 the Texas Department of State Health Services has reported approximately 600 calls to the Texas Poison Center Network related to K2 exposure. As a result, action has been taken at every level of government in response to this public health and safety hazard, said Adolph. He further stated that local businesses have already been contacted, and crime prevention officers are working to educate the community on the consequences of the new law.
Possession of these cannabinoids could be as much as a State Jail Felony.